Mark Tobey: An Update

With the opening of the highly praised solo exhibition at Pace Gallery, Mark Tobey, collectors and audiences have begun to question why one of the best known and internationally respected artists of the 1950s and 60s has not been duly recognized within the art community and current market.

As recent articles describe, Tobey’s market and reputation have suffered from a lack of advocacy and support. With no direct heirs and few remaining primary gallerists, Tobey’s estate faced a slow decline after his death in 1976, but his unique style and lasting impact on modern art are slowly being re-examined and honored.

photo Richard Brown

While the history of Tobey’s estate shows how controversy and mismanagement can weaken even a great artist’s market, it is satisfying to see that work of true quality and inventiveness will eventually find its way back into the spotlight.