KENNETH NOLAND "PAPER RELIEF" 1979
Around 1976 Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) began an intense and fruitful period of both papermaking and printmaking at his studios in New York City and Vermont.
These works, and this example is a paradigm, are a curious intersection between sculpture, painting, printmaking and papermaking. Rather than apply color to the surface, as he had traditionally done as a painter, the use of color comes from natural (or manipulated) pigment inherent in the paper.
This work explores and subverts one of Noland's most iconic forms: the (concentric) circle. However here it is realized in an unstable and more organic form. Here the smaller "circles", instead of behaving in order seem to be retreating or in the process of defining their true form.
Many notable artists explored the possibilities of paper pulp in the mid-to-late 1970's thanks to the vision and creativity of master printer Kenneth Tyler (of Gemini G.E.L) including Frank Stella, David Hockney, Ellsworth Kelly and of course Kenneth Noland.
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Provenance: Andre Emmerich Gallery, NYC
Hand-made paper relief
14"H 14.5"W (artwork)
22"H 22"W 4"D (framed)