Kenneth Noland, ‘A Warm Sound in a Gray Field’, Christie's

Kenneth Noland (1924-2010)

A Warm Sound in a Gray Field

signed, titled and dated 'A Warm Sound in a Grey Field 1961 Kenneth Noland' (on the reverse)

acrylic on canvas

82 3/4 x 81 1/4 in. (210.2 x 207.4 cm.)

Painted in 1961.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'A Warm Sound in a Grey Field 1961 Kenneth Noland' (on the reverse)

New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists, October-December 1961, no. 43 (illustrated).

K. Moffett, Kenneth Noland, New York, 1977, pl. 76 (illustrated in color).

André Emmerich Gallery, New York

Harry N. Abrams Family Collection, New York

Private collection, New York

Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 12 November 1986, lot 47

Private collection, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner

About Kenneth Noland

An innovative colorist, Kenneth Noland began his career as an Abstract Expressionist, became one of the first practitioners of Color Field painting as part of the Washington Color School, and ultimately embraced a Minimalist approach that comprised vivid color and simple geometric shapes. His most iconic works are subtly direct compositions of chevrons, concentric circles, stripes, and diamonds, such as Pent (1966). Noland also pioneered the use of shaped canvases, painting on increasingly asymmetrical canvases that rendered the edge of equal compositional importance to the center.

American, 1924-2010, Asheville, North Carolina