"Labyrinth" sells above its estimate at Christie's

Labyrinth, a large 1957 oil painting by George L.K. Morris, recently sold for $68,750 at Christie's Auction House in New York.  The painting was part of the art collection of the late renowned Egyptologist William Kelly Simpson and his wife Marilyn, grandaughter of John D. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, co-founder of MoMa.  The Simpsons aquired the painting from its sale from the Montclair Art Museum.  The 49"x36" work of art features layers of color, creating depth and  pre-figuring op-art.  Morris commented on this painting years later, "I try to construct something that is a (usually rectangular) object, which will be beautiful as an object rather than a rendition of a beautiful object (or subject). In Labyrinth there is a suggestion of three-dimensional space, layer behind layer, until the eye comes to rest on a flat plane near the center."