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March 18, 2013

KENNETH NOLAND! COLOR NEVER HAD A BETTER SUPPORTER

Filed under: kenneth noland — Tags: — jherzlinger @ 7:56 am

I have always been attracted to strong colorists.  Frank Stella, Jim dine, and the likes.  today’s post is on an amazing artist who passed last year and was one of thee most influential in the use of color structure!

KENNETH NOLAND!


Kenneth Noland, whose brilliantly colored concentric circles, chevrons and stripes were among the most recognized and admired signatures of the postwar style of abstraction known as Color Field painting,

Mr. Noland arrived on the scene in the immediate aftermath of Abstract Expressionism. A student of the geometric abstractionists Josef Albers and Ilya Bolotowsky, he found his way toward geometric forms that served as vessels for vibrant washes

of color stained into the canvas. In successive series of paintings, he introduced subtle changes into geometric forms that evolved from circles, chevrons, stripes and diamonds and back again to the circle late in his career.

 

“He was one of the great colorists of the 20th century,” said the art critic Karen Wilkin, the author of a monograph on Mr. Noland. “Along with Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler he invented a new kind of American abstraction based on the primacy of color.

It had some of the philosophic underpinnings of Abstract Expressionism, but without the Sturm and Drang. He picked up where Matisse left off and moved painting into a new visual language.”

 

Working on large canvases, Mr. Noland moved toward more geometric forms and harder edges in the late 1950s, initially exploring the emotional possibilities of color in concentric rings of varying width that seemed to pulsate toward the edges of the canvas.

In the early 1960s he began using ovoid shapes, and from there he progressed to chevrons, horizontal stripes and plaidlike arrangements of crisscrossing lines. In the late 1990s he returned to his early signature, the circle, this time painted on a colored ground.

He also experimented with shaped canvases, often in a lozenge shape.

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