NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST
© The Kenneth Noland Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY
Color field painting with light blue over all. Along top edge, stripes of pink and white. Along lower edge are stripes of blues, green and red.
Asheville-born Noland studied from 1946 to 1948 at Black Mountain College, where he worked with Ilya Bolotowsky and Josef Albers. Noland’s Color Field paintings, termed “post-painterly abstraction” by the influential art critic Clement Greenberg in 1964, are quintessential examples of how technical experimentation, coupled with a deep understanding and appreciation for color and composition, result in innovation. Noland’s pour-and-stain technique of thin layers of paint on raw canvas was inspired by Helen Frankenthaler’s pioneering experiments with paint application in the early 1950s. While NORTH SOUTH EAST WEST builds on his earlier minimal approach that was dominated by flat forms of circles, chevrons, and diamonds, the atmospheric and watery blue field, coupled with the painting’s title, suggests a landscape connection.
Exhibition Title: Asheville Art Museum: An Introduction to the Collection
Label Date: 2020
Type: Object Entry
Written by: Terrie Sultan
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