Al Held

  • Comments:  New
  • Author: Richard Armstrong 
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (July 15, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847814130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847814138
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds [X34]


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Weight 4.0 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 0.8 × 12 in

An important figure in the second generation of the Abstract Expressionists, Al Held sought a classical order for his work from its first appearance in the 1950s. As his painting became less gestural in the 1960s he adopted a spatial illusionism that became more pronounced after 1968. 

Throughout the 1970s he worked exclusively in black and white, developing a complex repertoire of interlocking geometric forms. Taking up color again in 1978, he has produced a body of work that infuses Renaissance values with a New York School sensibility. Uncompromisingly abstract and often achieved on a large scale, his work constitutes one of the most significant advances in postwar American art.


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