Neil Williams

American, 1934-1988

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Neil Williams

American, 1934-1988

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Neil Williams pioneered the shaped canvas during the 1960s. Working alongside fellow Minimalist painter, friend, and studio mate Frank Stella, Williams experimented with hexagonal, polygonal, and trapezoidal canvases with as many as fourteen sides. The surfaces’ geometric, irregular outlines dictated his hard-edged compositions that he rendered in bold, saturated pinks, greens, blues, and blacks. Later in life, his compositions and brushwork loosened, and his paintings evolved into expressive, energetic abstractions.

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Biography

Neil Williams pioneered the shaped canvas during the 1960s. Working alongside fellow Minimalist painter, friend, and studio mate Frank Stella, Williams experimented with hexagonal, polygonal, and trapezoidal canvases with as many as fourteen sides. The surfaces’ geometric, irregular outlines dictated his hard-edged compositions that he rendered in bold, saturated pinks, greens, blues, and blacks. Later in life, his compositions and brushwork loosened, and his paintings evolved into expressive, energetic abstractions.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
user
Solo show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum
fair
Included in a major biennial
Whitney Biennial
Articles Featuring Neil Williams
The Legacy of Neil Williams, a “Painter on Shaped Canvas”
Mar 20th, 2015
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