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Franz Kline

American, 1910–1962

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Franz Kline

American, 1910–1962

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Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline is known for his large black-and-white paintings that treat the medium of oil with a calligraphic freedom, influenced by his acquaintance with Willem de Kooning. Kline viewed his gestural painting not as an expression of his emotions but as a means to create a physical form and presence that could be felt by the viewer, and would inspire Minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd and Richard Serra with his reluctance to attribute hidden meanings to his work. Starting in the late 1950s, Kline executed a series of monumental works, known as the "wall paintings," and began to reintroduce color to his black-and-white palette.

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$40m, Christie's, 2012
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Solo show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli, and 2 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
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Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
Biography

Abstract Expressionist Franz Kline is known for his large black-and-white paintings that treat the medium of oil with a calligraphic freedom, influenced by his acquaintance with Willem de Kooning. Kline viewed his gestural painting not as an expression of his emotions but as a means to create a physical form and presence that could be felt by the viewer, and would inspire Minimalist sculptors like Donald Judd and Richard Serra with his reluctance to attribute hidden meanings to his work. Starting in the late 1950s, Kline executed a series of monumental works, known as the "wall paintings," and began to reintroduce color to his black-and-white palette.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$40m, Christie's, 2012
User
Solo show at a major institution
Castello di Rivoli, and 2 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 8 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 2 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 3 more
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May 23rd, 2013
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