KENNETH NOLAND "CIRCLE II", 1978
Kenneth Noland (1924 – 2010) is one of the most important artists and contributors to the evolution of American abstraction in the 20th century, specifically being a leading figure in the Color-Field movement.
Unlike some of his contemporaries, Noland started exploring printmaking relatively late in his career. However once initiated he became an active and experimental printmaker, working with different techniques and aesthetics.
From April to August 1978, Kenneth Noland began a particularly intense and fruitful period of both papermaking and printmaking at Tyler Graphics in Bedford, New York. Contrary to the conventional approach of printmaking most of Noland's creations were monotypes - each work was unique.
This example from the Circle II Series is a paradigm of Noland's printmaking. The work is composed of five layers of colored pulp with element of lithography printing.
Regardless of medium, Noland was always presenting the dynamism of how color interacts with it neighbors. Here the ground is a rich sea-foam green that has soft but striking contrast to the egg-nog circle and the first band in apricot. The largest rings, cinnabar, pale strawberry and lavender, seem to fuse together to create an illusion of height.
Noland's targets are some of the most iconic and desirable works in the 20th century art canon. This piece is fine example of one of Noland's cherished targets, but also a treasure from his period of printmaking.
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Signed and dated 78 (Annotated I-13 in pencil left verso)
Handmade paper composed of five layers of colored paper pulp with on monotype litho printing
21”H 32”W (sheet)
22”H 33”W (frame)
Published by Tyler Graphics, Ltd., New York, with their blindstamp lower right
Andre Emmerich Gallery sticker on verso of frame
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