The Uncanny Valley

Notes on art, culture and preservation

Kenneth Noland has died

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The painter Kenneth Noland was one of the luminaries in the field of abstract expressionism. Here’s the obit from the NYT (including a slideshow of his work). Also, Terry Teachout’s appreciation of Noland.

Abstraction was always one of those things whose impact I’ve never felt qualified to explain. Like the great works of his forebears (Malevich’s squares, Kandinsky’s circles, Newman’s deliberated stripes), the color fields of Noland are things I can’t do justice to in words. It’s best to say that his painting finds the right contrast, and the right texture, of color to grab the gaze of the viewer. A thing so basic, yet strangely bold and profound, it never ceases to awe.

UPDATE: More images from The Silver Lining.

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Written by cwmote

January 7, 2010 at 9:35 pm

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