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Light of the World D from the Light of the World Suite

Photo by Peter Paul Geoffrion

Light of the World D from the Light of the World Suite

Artist: Robyn Denny (British, 1930–2014)
Culture: British
Date: 1970
Medium: Screenprint on paper
Image: 28 1/2 x 31 1/4 inches (72.4 x 79.4 cm)
Sheet: 29 1/4 x 32 1/4 inches (74.3 x 81.9 cm)
State: 19
Edition: 75
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Marshall Rosenberg
Label Text:Robyn Denny was part of a transformative generation of British minimalist artists that sought to distinguish itself from traditional painting in England and the Abstract Expressionist movement overseas. Denny stood out from his American counterparts through his frequent use of pastel colors and a more rigorous, less experimental process. At the same time, he worked closely in the tradition of Josef Albers (on view nearby), employing symmetry and optical effects to create balanced compositions that challenge normal processes of perception.

Denny’s screenprints were inspired by the artist’s previously made paintings. A set of ten, the Light of the World Suite relates directly to a series of large oil paintings shown at the artist’s 1973 Tate Gallery retrospective exhibition. In a 1964 interview, Denny discussed the objectives of his art and use of abstraction:

No painting should reveal all it has to say as a kind of instant
impact. Abstract painting, that is painting that is not about
subject matter, if it is any good should be as diverse, and
complex, and strange and unaccountable and unnamable as
an experience… Any work of art, a real work of art, is indefinable.

Object number: 1980.96.4