The present lot comes from the Estate of Scott Berman. Berman was a restaurateur and collector who got his start with a small seafood catering business located in East Hampton and Sag Harbor. It was here in Sag Harbor that Berman became good friends with Neil Williams and started collecting his works. The two shared a Portuguese motto: Nao quero, nao tenho que, nao vou, which means: I don't want to, I don't have to, and I ain't gonna.

Neil Williams 1934–1988

American artist Neil Williams may not be as well-known as his contemporaries but his work influenced a generation of artists. Born in Utah, Williams studied at the California School of Fine Arts before moving to New York. A pioneer of the shaped-canvas, he was one of several painters who broke free of the conventional square or rectangular canvas creating a body of work that varied in size and shape. Featuring bold colors and geometric forms, Williams work was shown widely in New York and included in several groundbreaking exhibitions of the 1960s including alongside the works of Frank Stella (whom he would later share a studio with in Long Island in the 1970s) in Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s exhibition, The Shaped Canvas (1964) and the highly influential and defining Systematic Painting (1966) curated by Lawrence Alloway also at the Guggenheim in New York. His work was also included in two of the American Art Annual exhibitions at The Whitney in 1967 and 1973. Williams eventually distanced himself from the New York scene preferring Sag Harbor and then later Brazil, where he was intending to move at the time of his death in 1988.

Auction Results Neil Williams

NEIL WILLIAMS, Kiel | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Kiel
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $52,500

NEIL WILLIAMS, Blue Monday | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Blue Monday
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $17,500

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,240

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $9,375

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,200

NEIL WILLIAMS, The Rest | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

The Rest
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $4,375

NEIL WILLIAMS, Go Kart | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Go Kart
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,375

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,000

NEIL WILLIAMS, Composition with Color Planes | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Composition with Color Planes
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,875

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $688

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $688

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $688

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $688

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $625

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#84) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#84)
estimate: $300–500
result: $625

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#19) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#19)
estimate: $700–900
result: $562

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#55) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#55)
estimate: $300–500
result: $500

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (four works) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (four works)
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $437

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#38) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#38)
estimate: $300–500
result: $437

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#56) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#56)
estimate: $300–500
result: $437

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $500–700
result: $375

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $300–500
result: $281

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled (#50) | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled (#50)
estimate: $300–500
result: $218

NEIL WILLIAMS, Untitled | Wright20.com

Neil Williams

Untitled
estimate: $300–500
result: $218