Palm Beach Modern Auctions
Live Auction

Modern + Contemporary Art & Design

Sat, May 20, 2023 12:00PM EDT
Lot 635

Sadamasa Motonaga Painting, 46"W

Estimate: $15,000 - $25,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

Artist/Designer; Manufacturer: Sadamasa Motonaga (1922-2011)
Marking(s); notes: signed; 1967
Country of origin; materials: Japanese; acrylic on canvas
Dimensions (H, W, D): 41.25"h, 46"w; 45.5"h, 50.25"w frame
Additional Information: Work is titled "Small Yellow Bump." Gallery label to reverse: Martha Jackson Gallery, New York, New York. Sadamasa Motonaga was one of the founding members of postwar Japan's experimental artist collective, The Gutai Group. "Using everything from mud and Elmer’s glue to plastic tubing and sound art, these artists strove to create new, vital experiences that blurred the boundaries between art and life. For a nation recently defeated in World War II and emerging from the shadow of totalitarianism, Gutai’s call for vitality, play, and new artistic frontiers served as a jolt to a culture of consensus. The group actively promoted itself abroad through the distribution of mail art and a well-circulated journal, and in 1958 prominent New York dealer Martha Jackson staged an exhibition of their work. Gutai’s focus on performance and materiality has often been cited as a precursor to Arte Povera and performance art of the 1960s." (source: Provenance: Collection of Martha Jackson, New York, New York | Acquired by Mrs. Jackson's investment advisor | Private collection, by descent.

Spring 2023 Auction Series
- Sat. May 6: Tupperware Corporate Collection: 1970s-1990s
- Sat. May 20: Modern & Contemporary Art + Design
- Now consigning: Fall 2023 Modern & Contemporary Art + Design

Bidder FAQs
- Live and video preview are available, as are high resolution photos. Please direct all inquiries to
- The buyer's premium is 28% across all methods of bidding.
- We highly recommend obtaining shipping quotes in advance. A list of shippers is available on our website under "Buying" or by request.
- All bidders should read and understand the Terms & Conditions of Auction. The T&C can be reviewed when you register, via the listing, on our website under "Buying" or by request.


very good, several tiny, discreet stains (condition of art only)