Franz Kline, ‘Black and White No. 2’, 1960, Blanton Museum of Art

Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1991

About Franz Kline

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.

American, 1910-1962, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York

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Rare, Collectible and Historic Modern & Contemporary Art Posters, Alpha 137 Gallery, New York
Abstract Expressionism, Royal Academy of Arts, London
Fall Salon, Woodward Gallery, New York
Big Picture: Art After 1945, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle
Making Modern: Hofmann and the Next Generation, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston
“Regards sur l’abstraction“, Galerie Zlotowski, Paris
Masters of the Gesture, Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills