Ad Reinhardt. Abstract Painting. 1960-61

Ad Reinhardt

Abstract Painting

1960-61

Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
60 x 60" (152.4 x 152.4 cm)
Credit
Purchase (by exchange)
Object number
570.1963
Copyright
© 2017 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Department
Painting and Sculpture
This work is not on view.
Ad Reinhardt has 25 works online.
There are 2,371 paintings online.

At first glance this painting presents a flat black surface. But longer viewing reveals more than one shade of black and an underlying geometric structure. Reinhardt has divided the canvas into a three-by-three grid of squares. The black in each corner square has a reddish tone; the shape

between them formed by the center squares is bluish-black in its vertical bar and greenish-black in its horizontal bar. Reinhardt tried to produce what he described as "a pure, abstract, non-objective, timeless, spaceless, changeless, relationless, disinterested painting—an object that is self-conscious (no unconsciousness), ideal, transcendent, aware of no thing but art."

Gallery label from 2007

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