Arp to Warhol
19 November 2016
Kenneth Noland, 1924-2010
Shadow Line. 1968.
Original screenprint in colours printed on a textured linen-faced board. 1968. Signed and dated 1968 in pencil on the reverse. Numbered in pencil from the edition of 150 impressions on the reverse. Published by Dokumenta IV, Kassel 1968.
Excellent impression in extremely fine condition. On linen-faced paper laid onto board as issued. Printed to the full sheet. Sheet: 1210 x 430mm.
Noland was one of the most important and influential American abstract painters of the 1960's 'Colour Field'movement. In particular he was interested by the link between the forms within painting and the use of the canvas shape as an integral part of the composition.
Whilst at college Noland particularly studied Mondrian and the Bauhaus. In 1948 he went to Paris becoming friends with Zadkine. However when back in the US in the early 1950’s he was increasingly close to Morris Louis and Frankenthaler and the new concepts of the American ‘Colour Field’ painters.
One of the ideas which was of particular importance to Noland was the relationship between the shape and format of the canvas – or the sheet of paper – and the imagery. He worked with both angular formats and ‘panorama’ shapes – as well as painted forms including ‘targets’ and ‘chevrons’.
The associations of the colours in his work were arranged to both interlink and also to ‘fight’ – giving spatial movement to the surface.
Noland was also very interested in removing the traditional element of ‘the artist’s hand’ from his works, thus removing the work further from the usual traditions of painting. To this end he used staining, rather than brush-strokes, in his painting and was also very much attracted to printmaking techniques, such as screenprinting, with its anonymous ‘technological’ type of surface. ‘Shadow Line’, here, is a very fine example of his rarely-seen graphic work from period of its peak inspiration in the late 1960’s.
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