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Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland

Born in Asheville, North Carolina, 1924–2010

Death Location:Port Clyde, Maine, USA, North America
(not assigned):New York, New York, USA, NorthAmerica
Birth Location:Asheville, North Carolina, USA, North America
(not assigned):Washington, District of Columbia, USA, North America
(not assigned):South Salem, New York, USA, North America
(not assigned):South Shaftsbury, Vermont, USA, North America
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First gaining notice in the late 1950s, Kenneth Noland was a member of the group of Color Field abstract painters promoted by New York "Times" critic, Clement Greenberg. Noland began with a series of luminous, stained canvases of concentric circles, and focused on the center of the picture, which he regarded as symbolizing all possibilities and the specific genius of the work. With his concentric circles surrounding the "bulls eye," he combined a staining method that softened the acrylic paint of the center but gave the effect of reinforcing or echoing it.

In the next 40 years, he experimented with shaped canvases, stripe paintings, and chevrons, always remaining true to his idea of relying on color as his primary vehicle. In the 1990s, he seemed to have gone full "circle," back to the concentric shapes of his early work.

In a New York Times review by Grace Glueck, September 6, 2002, Noland stated: "I do not like representation in painting.
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