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Lot 110

NICK VACCARO "A Space in the Sun" (1968 Acrylic)

Estimate: $500 - $1,000
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Nick Vaccaro
(Kansas, 1931-2002)
A Space in the Sun, 1968
Acrylic on canvas
72" x 68"

Signed, titled, and dated to the reverse, alongside the remnant of a tag for the Mid-America 2 exhibition, held at the City Art Museum (St. Louis) and William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (Kansas City, now the Nelson-Atkins) in 1969. The frame measures 73" x 69" x 1 1/2". Included with the painting is a study on paper, signed and dated, measuring 24" x 18" (not framed).

Nick Vaccaro was a professor and chairman of the drawing and painting department at the University of Kansas. As an artist, Vaccaro was the recipient of purchase awards from the San Francisco Museum of Art (1958), the Dallas Museum of Fine Art (1961), and the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art, and his work has additionally been exhibited in the Nelson Gallery of Art, Oklahoma Arts Center, Wichita Art Museum, and Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts.


There is spatter near the top right corner. Mildew across the reverse of the canvas (as photographed), and milder faint mildew visible in some of the white areas on the obverse.