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Art © Estate of Ilya Bolotowsky / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.


Artist: Ilya Bolotowsky (born Russia, 1907–1981)
Culture: American
Date: 1970
Medium: Screenprint on paper
Image: 23 15/16 x 23 15/16 inches (60.8 x 60.8 cm)
Sheet: 25 7/8 x 35 7/8 inches (65.7 x 91.1 cm)
State: 28
Edition: 125
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald and Sheila Stone
Label Text:Ilya Bolotowsky immigrated to New York City from Russia in 1923 and, after studying at the National Academy of Design, helped found the American Abstract Artists group in 1936. Heavily influenced by the European avant-garde, the AAA was established to promote an advanced type of abstraction over the predominant social realist styles. Bolotowsky was greatly influenced by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian (1872-1944) and, like him, explored shape, line, and color in their purest states in order to achieve flatness and forms that had no reference to the outside world. His geometric abstractions use straight lines within contained areas to create balanced and harmonious compositions. While a resurgence of interest in hard-edge abstraction in the 1960s lent his work a renewed sense of legitimacy, he was nevertheless a painter of an earlier generation, evidenced by a statement he made in 1969:

Nowadays, when paintings torture the retina, when music
gradually destroys the eardrum, there must, all the more, be
a need for an art that searches for new ways to achieve
harmony and equilibrium…

Object number: 1979.40.1