Kenneth Noland (1924 ‚Äď 2010) is one of the most important artists and contributors to the evolution of American abstraction. He is one of the most beloved figures in the Color-Field movement.¬†

Unlike many of his contemporaries, such as Helen Frankenthaler and Sam Gilliam, Noland was not interested in printmaking and only completed a handful of editioned works. When he did create a print it was typically for charitable purposes. 

Regardless of the medium, Noland's body of work is defined by a dedication to geometric abstraction and bold use of both saturated colors and pale phantom shades. Similar to Mondrian and Albers, Noland was continuing a tradition of exploring the interaction of color through geometry. His most iconic pieces often showcase recurring forms, particularly concentric circles, patterned stripes, grids, and diamonds.

Around 1967 Noland began experimenting with horizontal bands of color of varying widths and arrangements. This was a departure from the asymmetrical, circular, and irregularly shaped canvases that propelled his reputation in the 1960's. While a number of artists, including Guido Molinari and Gene Davis, similarly embraced stripes, Noland's approach was noticeably more restless and unpredictable as he pursued color interaction as opposed to compositions that approached Op art or minimalism.

In "Shadow Line" Noland achieves a dynamic sense of movement and undulation from the bands of color. It is worth pointing out, that while this work appears to be dominated by stripes of hunter and jade green, these colors are amplified by being positioned alongside thin contrasting bands of baby pink and powder blue. 

The picture plane is several times longer than the height of the work, creating an effect that envelops the viewer.

Noland's palettes generally tend to be harmonious and almost consciously pleasing. Yet Noland is always willing to season his compositions with discordant or curious colors, without disrupting the overall work. The opposing stripes of lemon and eggplant only cooperate with the shades of green since they are positioned so far from each other in the composition. 

Kenneth Noland only created three editioned prints during the 1960's. "Shadow Line" is an iconic, rare, and impactful work from this important era of his production. 

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"Shadow Line"

USA, 1968

Color screenprint on linen laid onto heavy board

Signed, dated, and numbered by the artist verso

From an edition of 150

16.5"H 47.25"W (work)

22.5"H 53.25"W (framed) 

Framed with plexi

Very good condition. 

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