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Abstract Painting

Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting

Ad Reinhardt
  • Date: 1960 - 1961
  • Style: Color Field Painting
  • Series: Black Paintings
  • Genre: abstract
  • Media: oil
  • Dimensions: 152.4 x 152.4 cm

At first glance this painting presents a flat black surface. But longer viewing reveals more than one shade of black and an underlying geometric structure. Reinhardt has divided the canvas into a three-by-three grid of squares. The black in each corner square has a reddish tone; the shape between them formed by the center squares is bluish-black in its vertical bar and greenish-black in its horizontal bar. Reinhardt tried to produce what he described as "a pure, abstract, non-objective, timeless, spaceless, changeless, relationless, disinterested painting—an object that is self-conscious (no unconsciousness), ideal, transcendent, aware of no thing but art."

(Text: MoMA)

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