Kenneth Noland (1924 – 2010) is one of the most important artists and contributors to the evolution of American abstraction during the 20th century, notably as a prominent figure in the Color-Field movement.

Unlike some of his contemporaries, Noland began his exploration of printmaking later in his career. However, once he delved into it, he emerged as a dynamic and experimental printmaker, engaging with various 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. Diverging from conventional printmaking methods, Noland primarily produced monotypes, meaning each work was unique. 

This example from the  Circle II Series is a paradigm of Noland's printmaking. The work consists of five layers of colored pulp combined with lithography printing, showcasing his mastery of technique and composition.

Regardless of medium, Noland consistently showcased the dynamic interplay of color with its surroundings. In this piece, the lush sea-foam background presents a gentle yet striking contrast to the egg-nog circle and the initial apricot band. The largest rings—cinnabar, pale strawberry, and lavender—appear to blend, creating the illusion of elevation. 

Noland's targets are some of the most iconic and desirable works in the 20th-century art canon. This piece is a fine example of one of Noland's cherished targets, but also a treasure from his period of printmaking. 

Click here to see another work by Kenneth Noland from this era of print and papermaking.

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"Circle II"

Signed and dated 78 (Annotated I-13 in pencil left verso)

USA, 1978

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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