9 x 12 inches, acrylic on paper
16 x 19 x 1 inch custom frame, white gold stain wood molding, 8 ply white mat
Explosive splattering of paint in rich tangerine orange, forest green, and light pink.
Edawrd Avedisian was best known for his work in the 1960s: brilliantly colored, boldly composed canvases that combined Minimalism’s rigor, Pop’s exuberance and the saturated tones of Color Field painting. These large, vertical straw-like stripes were a commonly repeated motif that juxtaposed neon colors. Other common motifs were his abstracted beach balls and gestural vertical striped paintings.
The artist often did small studies on paper in both watercolor and acrylic before making a much larger version of the painting on 8 or 9 foot canvas.
(Pictured here are black and white photographs of the artist in his New York City studio c. 1960, not included in the listing)
About the Artist:
In the 1960’s, Edward Avedisian was one of the youngest of those luminaries producing a grand new abstract painting. Shown first at Ivan Karp and Dick Bellamy’s Hansa Gallery and then at Robert Elkon, Avedisian’s insouciant mix of pop playfulness, color field cool and high formalist style put his art in a unique, and at the time generously rewarded, position. Paintings made it onto the cover of Artforum in January 1969 and were purchased by all the major museums. His were among the few abstract works shown as representative of America’s post-war achievement at Expo 67 in Montreal alongside Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella. This exhibit comprised a cornerstone in histories of the period written by Barbara Rose, among others. Edward Avedisian moved to Hudson, NY in the later part of his life and essentially exited the art world. Paintings of this period moved toward landscape and figuration. The artist passed away in 2007.
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
Denver Art Museum, Colorado
Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan
Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas
The Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts
Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase
Los Angeles County Museum, California
Neuberger Museum, SUNY, Purchase, New York
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
Black and white photos shown here and not included in the listing are of the artist c. 1960s in his Manhattan studio; the cover of the Artforum Magazine from 1969; and pages from the catalog printed for American Painting Now Dec. 1967 - Jan 2968 sponsored by the Institute of Contemporary Art organized by Alan Solomon.
Series: NY Times reporter Roberta Smith writes in the obituary published in 2007 that “Edward Avedisian helped establish the hotly colored, but emotionally cool, abstract painting that succeeded Abstract Expressionism in the early 1960s. This young luminary harnessed elements of minimalism, pop, and color field painting to create prominent works of epic proportions that energized the New York art scene of the time.
Image rights: Carrie Haddad Gallery
About Edward Avedisian
American, 1936-2007, Lowell, MA, United States, based in New York City, NY, United States