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Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland

(1924 – 2010)

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Kenneth Noland

Kenneth Noland
(1924 – 2010)

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Kenneth Noland

(1924 – 2010)
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This is a tribute to Kenneth Noland who was an American abstract painter. He was identified at his death as one of the best-known American Color field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter.
Noland was born in Asheville, North Carolina. A veteran of World War II he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942. After his discharge four years later, Noland took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study art at Black Mountain College in his home state of North Carolina. Noland attended the experimental Black Mountain College and he studied with professor Ilya Bolotowsky who introduced him to Neo-plasticism and the work of Piet
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Mondrian. There he also studied Bauhaus theory and color with Josef Albers and he became interested in Paul Klee, specifically his sensitivity to colour. In 1948 and 1949 he worked with Ossip Zadkine in Paris, and in the early 1950s met Morris Louis in Washington DC. He became friends with Louis, and after seeing Helen Frankenthaler's new paintings at her studio in New York City in 1953 they adopted her “soak-stain” technique of allowing thinned paint to soak into unprimed canvases.
Most of Noland's paintings fall into one of four groups: circles, or targets, chevrons, stripes and shaped canvases. His preoccupation with the relationship of the image to the containing edge of the picture led him
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to a series of studies of concentric rings, or bull’s-eyes, or as they were known, using unlikely colour combinations.
Kenneth Noland pioneered the shaped canvas, initially with a series of symmetrical and asymmetrical diamonds or chevrons. In these paintings, the edges of the canvas become as structurally important as the center. During the 1970s and 1980s his shaped canvases were highly irregular and asymmetrical. These resulted in increasingly complex structures of highly sophisticated and controlled color and surface integrity. In 1964 Noland occupied half the American pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In 1965 his work was exhibited at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art and the Jewish Museum (New
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York). In 1949 he had his first solo exhibition: Kenneth Noland, at the Galerie Creuze, in Paris.
Kenneth Noland passed away on January 5, 2010 of cancer in his home in Port Clyde, Maine. This memorial is in honour of his life and his works. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 30th May 2010
tommy ollendorff
wrote:
what a fine home away from home he made for us.
i see the farmhouse & the studio & the pool & the sculpture field,
as if it were yesterday.
i am sad to hear that we have lost him.
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Kenneth Noland

This is a tribute to Kenneth Noland who was an American abstract painter. He was identified at his death as one of the best-known American Color field painters, although in the 1950s he was thought of as an abstract expressionist and in the early 1960s he was thought of as a minimalist painter.
Noland was born in Asheville, North Carolina. A veteran of World War II he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1942. After his discharge four years later, Noland took advantage of the G.I. Bill to study art at Black Mountain College in his home state of North Carolina. Noland attended the experimental Black Mountain College and he studied with professor Ilya Bolotowsky who introduced him to Neo-plasticism and the work of Piet...

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Rest in peace Kenneth
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