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Al Held

Untitled, 1963

Oil on primed canvas
19 1/10 × 24 2/5 in
48.5 × 62 cm
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KA
Koller Auctions

From the Catalogue:

Al Held, together with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, was one of the most …

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From the Catalogue:

Al Held, together with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, was one of the most important Colour Field painters of the United States.

He was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, and at first was not at all interested in art. After dropping out of school in 1945, he served in the US navy for two years. It …

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Signed and dated on the reverse: Al Held 63.
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Courtesy of Koller Auktionen
Al Held
American, 1928–2005
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After studying in New York and Paris, Al Held began his painting career by exhibiting Abstract Expressionist works in New York; he later turned to hard-edged geometric paintings that were dubbed “concrete abstractions”. In the late 1960s Held began to challenge the flatness he perceived in even the most modernist painting styles, breaking up the picture plane with suggestions of deep space and three-dimensional form; he would later reintroduce eye-popping colors into his canvases. In vast compositions, Held painted geometric forms in space, constituting what have been described as reinterpretations of Cubism. “We’re not going to get rid of chaos and complexity,” Held said, “but we can find a way to live with them.” Despite the clean precision of his forms, Held would begin his paintings with loose improvisation, then erase his re-workings with an electric sander.

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About the work
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Koller Auctions

From the Catalogue:

Al Held, together with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, was one of the most …

Read more

From the Catalogue:

Al Held, together with Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, was one of the most important Colour Field painters of the United States.

He was born in 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, and at first was not at all interested in art. After dropping out of school in 1945, he served in the US navy for two years. It …

Read more
Signature
Signed and dated on the reverse: Al Held 63.
Image rights
Courtesy of Koller Auktionen
Al Held
American, 1928–2005
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After studying in New York and Paris, Al Held began his painting career by exhibiting Abstract Expressionist works in New York; he later turned to hard-edged geometric paintings that were dubbed “concrete abstractions”. In the late 1960s Held began to challenge the flatness he perceived in even the most modernist painting styles, breaking up the picture plane with suggestions of deep space and three-dimensional form; he would later reintroduce eye-popping colors into his canvases. In vast compositions, Held painted geometric forms in space, constituting what have been described as reinterpretations of Cubism. “We’re not going to get rid of chaos and complexity,” Held said, “but we can find a way to live with them.” Despite the clean precision of his forms, Held would begin his paintings with loose improvisation, then erase his re-workings with an electric sander.

Al Held

Untitled, 1963

Oil on primed canvas
19 1/10 × 24 2/5 in
48.5 × 62 cm
Bidding closed
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