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I recently acquired an original Oil on Canvas by Boris Margo,

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I recently acquired an original Oil on Canvas by Boris Margo, dated '51. I wanted to find out more about it.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Tim in Antiques replied 2 years ago.
Good day my name is*****'s art market tends to be rather unpredictable. Boris Margo (1902 -1995) has had his ups and downs. Records show his painting going from $325.00 to $28,000.00 in a two year span. The last result was for a work similar to yours. The sale occurred in 2010 at Christies in NY. Here is the auction record: TitleNumber FiveArtistBoris MARGO (1902-1995)CategoryPaintingMediumOil/canvasHammer price$28,000Price including buyer's premium with/without taxes$35,000Low estimate$1,000High estimate$1,500Date of creation1949Distinguishing marksSigned dated lower rightI suggest you give Christie's a call to get their opinion. Here is the name and email for a specialist in post war and contemporary art: Ana Maria Celis ***@******.*** am including a biography on the artist for you. Boris MARGO (1902-1995)Birth place: Volochisk, UkraineDeath place: Hyannis, MAAddresses: NYC (immigrated 1930)Profession: Painter, sculptor, teacher, educator, lecturerStudied: Polytechnik Art Sch., Odessa, Ukraine (cert.); Futemas (workshop for art of the future), Moscow, USSR; Pavel Filonov Sch., Leningrad, USSR.Exhibited: Roerich Mus., 1932 (solo); CM, 1939; MMA, 1942; Artists Gal., NYC, 1939, 1942 (solos); "Art of this Century," Guggenheim, 1943; Critics Choice, Cincinnati, 1945; WMAA, 1946-66; NAD, 1946; LOC, 1944, 1946; Armory Show, NYC, 1945; Am. Univ., Wash., DC, 1946; Norlyst Gal., 1942; Brandt Gal., 1946 (solo); Betty Parsons Gal., NYC, 1947 (solo)-62; traveling exh., "Abstract & Surrealist Art in the United States," Cincinnati AM, SFMA, and others, 1944; AIC, 1947 (Blair Purchase Prize for watercolor); Brooklyn Mus., 1947 (retrospective), plus print exhibs, 1947-68 (6 purchase awards); several S„o Paulo Biennales, 1950s; CI, 1952; Corcoran Gal. biennials, 1957-63 (4 times) Portland MA, 1960 (purchase award for oil); PAFA Ann., 1962; Japan Print Assn. 30th Anniversary Int., 1962; Venice Biennales, 1956, 1970; Associated Am. Artists, NYC, 1970s; M. Rosenfeld Gal., NYC, 1993 (retrospective)Member: MacDowell Colony fellow; Soc. Am. Graphic Artists.Work: MMA BM; AGAA; MoMA; NMAA; AIC; Sao Paulo MA, Brazil; MoMA Odessa, RussiaComments: He invented the "cellocut" in 1932, a type of high-relief printmaking process. Shortly thereafter, he originated "decalcomania," a technique for transfering images from one surface to another. His unique style was one of "space fantasy," interwoven with bizarre creatures and forms in surreal organic landscapes. He was active in Provincetown, MA, 1949-on. Positions: res. assoc. (on the creative process), Psychiatric Inst., Univ. MD, 1957-. Author: "Boris Margo: My Theories and Techniques" in Art (11/1947); "Margo: Is There an American School of Art?" in The Tiger's Eye (12/1947). Teaching: Riverside Mus., 1932; Am Univ, 1946-48; AIC, 1957-59; printmaking & drawing, Syracuse Univ, 1966-67; artist-in-residence, Acad Art, Honolulu, 1972.Sources: WW73; Laurence Schmeckebier, Boris Margo, Graphic Work 1932-1968 (Syracuse Univ., 1968); obit., ArtNews (Sept., 1995, p.126); Wechsler, 58; Provincetown Painters, 214; Falk, Exh. Record Series. Cheers Tim