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Artist: Kenneth Noland (Born in Asheville, North Carolina, 1924–2010)
Culture: American
Date: n.d.
Medium: Acrylic on unprimed canvas
Dimensions:
186 1/2 x 22 1/2 x 1 inches (473.7 x 57.2 x 2.5 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Gift of Julie and Lawrence Salander
Label Text:The paintings by Kenneth Noland (Amercian, br. Asheville, NC, 1924 - 2010) belong to the movement in American Art referred to as the second generation or post-painterly abstractionists, that is, the non-figurative painters who follow in the footsteps of the Abstract Expressionists of the 1940's-1950's, (Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning). The greatest influence for Kenneth Noland, however, were the painters in this group who specialized in filling the canvas with pure color, denying any reference to the figure, removing the hand of the artist by minimalizing the appearance of the brushstroke on the surface of the picture, and creating a spiritual effect, such as the color-field artists Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman. But Noland and his contemporaries Morris Louis and Gene Davis, (coined the Washington Color Painters because they lived and worked in D.C.) moved beyond color-field Abstract Expressionism by eliminating any emotional, spiritual, thematic or subjective connotations of any kind. They were the first to assert the right to create a painting that is simply colors on a support, strictly non-representational.
Object number: 2002.20.4