Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery
Edward Avedisian, ‘Untitled 017’, ca. 1965, Carrie Haddad Gallery

The paintings of 1967-1969 are composed of broad diagonal bands of color whose edges bleed and overlap. These interlocking edges reinforce the sense of atmosphere and flow created by the loosened texture of the paint itself. The colored bands progress from darker to lighter in closely keyed shades of tans, browns and yellows. These paintings are large, horizontal rectangles, roughly twice as long as they are high. Diagonal stripes or beams of color scan the surface like searchlight beacons. These beams of varying widths and transparencies are superimposed to create dense, random lattices or cross-hatchings of color which engage the entire surface of the canvas equally, since they seem to imply continuation beyond the canvas rim. The colors partake of the brilliance and transparency of natural light. They are lush in hue (aquas, golds, magentas, browns, deep reds) and lavish in variety. Each picture is composed of approximately equal distributions of from 4 – 7 colors. The interpenetration of the stripes permits each stripe of a single color to undergo maximum variation in both hue and transparency as it covers, and is covered by, other stripes. Color itself now creates shapes rather than being contained by a predetermined or pre-drawn shape. There is no sense of drawing, since the color is applied with rollers or large brushes and stains into the canvas to make its own unpredictable edge. Because each streak of color may run, spread or bleed at the edges and pool or blot anywhere, there is a minimal sense of the stripe as figure or as a geometric structure.
-Alexandra C. Anderson, Artforum Magazine, January 1969

About Edward Avedisian

American, 1936-2007, Lowell, MA, United States, based in New York City, NY, United States

Exhibition Highlights

2005
Hudson, NY, United States,
50 Years: A Retrospective
2003
Mitchel Algus, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
2002
Hudson, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian Solo Exhibit
1999
Mitchel Algus, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian

Solo Shows

2005
Hudson, NY, United States,
50 Years: A Retrospective
2003
Mitchel Algus, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
2002
Hudson, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian Solo Exhibit
1999
Mitchel Algus, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
1996
Mitchel Algus, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
1995
Hudson, NY, United States,
Hudson Scenes
1979
Fishbach Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
New Work by Edward Avedisian
1978
Nina Freudenheim Gallery, 
Buffalo, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
1977
Gray Art Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Abstract Painting by Edward Avedisian
1975
The Carriage House, 
Houston, TX, United States,
Edward Avedisian
1974
Janie C. Lee Gallery, 
Houston, TX, United States,
Paintings by Edward Avedisian
1973
Robert Elkon Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian
1972
Robert Elkon Gallery, 
New York, NY, United States,
Edward Avedisian Solo Show
1971
Walter Moos Gallery, 
Toronto, ON, Canada,
Paintings by Edward Avedisian
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