Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1931
Died: Annapolis, Maryland 1978
acrylic on canvas 52 1/2 x 65 1/2 in. (133.4 x 166.4 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 43B
Luce Center Quote
“I prefer to work flat on the floor with the canvas unsized and unstretched. Raw canvas seems more open to me. I am closer to the painting, more in contact with it.” Mehring, 1960, cited in Livingston, Howard Mehring: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1978
Luce Center Label
During the late 1950s, Howard Mehring based his work on Jackson Pollock’s “drip” paintings. He described his experiments as “stained” Pollocks, because his thin paints penetrated the fibers of the unprimed canvas. Mehring compared his translucent washes of color to the tonalities of music, saying that he wanted to capture the “floating sensation” of jazz in his paintings. (Livingston, Howard Mehring: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1978)
paint - acrylic
fabric - canvas
About Howard Mehring
Born: Washington, District of Columbia 1931 Died: Annapolis, Maryland 1978
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