Kenneth Noland: Flares
Kenneth Noland was a primary force in the development of postwar abstract art and color field painting. He attended Black Mountain College in the late forties, exhibiting an early interest in the emotional effects of color and geometric forms. In the late 1950s, Noland broke with Abstract Expressionism’s gestural aesthetic. Staining unprimed canvas with acrylic, he produced paintings with stark geometric shapes and bold color contrasts, becoming one of the pioneers of Color Field painting and the Washington Color School. His body of work, ‘Flares’ is recognizable in their use of colorful and translucent plexiglass strips. Wedged between the irregularly shaped panels of each work, these glossy bands activate a complex interplay among color, materials and form.
50 pages. 9” W x 10.5” H