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This portfolio has about 325 renderings. Some are double sided. Most are figural studies with about 5-6 abstracts. Most are done in either charcoal or graphite. There are a few sketch books. The overall condition is good with a handful that are torn down the center (not counted). Some are creased, have light water damage and toned but the most are in good condition. None of them are signed but his name was on the cover of one of the binders. These works are mostly from when he was studying. They come from a New York City gallery that has been closed for a number of years and they were in storage along with some other very good modernist works that have been featured in this sale. The largest size work is 24 x 18 in. For more questions or photos just email us or make an appointment to see the works in person. The following information was submitted in July of 2006 by Carol Cruickshanks, and written by the artist's grand daughter Odile Laugier-Miller:Lloyd Raymond Ney was an American non-objective artist. Known as Bill Ney, he was born in Friedenburg, Pennsylvania March 8th, 1893, the son of William W. Ney and Sadie Maidenford. He studied at the Pennsylvania Museum School of Industrial Art and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1918 he won a Cresson Fellowship to study in Europe.In the 1920's Ney traveled to France where he studied and painted in Paris among the vital European modernist community. He lived at the Hotel de Versailles, 60 Boulevard Montparnasse. During this period Ney created his major work, "The Drinkers," Later, the artist wrote extensively about the process of developing this work and the transforming experience of integrating the Modernist ideal he had witnessed in Paris.After returning to the United States, Ney settled in New Hope, PA, an established art community between New York and Philadelphia. Unlike more New Hope artists who followed impressionism in the early 20th century, Ney embraced a more expressive contemporary style including non-objective works. He was among a group of artist known as the "Independents," who challenged the traditional subject matter of regional artists. They formed a new exhibition group. Ney was part of the "New Hope Modernist School," for most of his life as a painter.During the period of the Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) in the early 1940s, Lloyd Ney was commissioned to paint a mural for the New London, Ohio, post office. The documentation of the controversy over this mural and its modernist style was the subject of numerous letters between Ney and the Director of the Federal Arts Project. It was finally reconciled when the citizens of New London, petitioned Washington to allow Ney to execute the first abstract mural in a government post office. The original cartoon for this mural is in the collection of the Michener Museum of Art, New Hope, PA. The documents over this controversy are in the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. along with much of Lloyd Ney's original writing and correspondence, including the original manuscript, Art Appreciation For The People, How To Look At Paintings, What Constitutes A Work Of Art, 1949.Ney's career included fifteen years of exhibitions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and three of his paintings are in the museum's permanent collection. His works was been exhibited abroad in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy during his lifetime. Posthumously, the James A. Michener Museum in Doylestown, PA, mounted a major exhibition of the "New Hope Modernists," featuring Ney and his contemporaries, C. F. Ramsey, Charles Rosen, B.J.O. Nordfeldt, Lee Gatch and R.A.D. Miller.The prolific career of Lloyd Ney encompassed over fifty years, painting in {Paris, the Isle of Capri, Key West, and Martinique, Mexico and, of course, New Hope, PA. He was passionate about his work and unrelenting in his vision. Lloyd Raymond Ney died on May 10th, 1965.
Most are in good condition, some torn, toned and light water damage. As noted in the description
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LLYOD NEY (1893-1965, Pennsylvania) Large Portfolio

Estimate $1,500 - $3,000Sep 28, 2019
Starting Price $200
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