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1958 Kenneth Noland Born: Asheville, North Carolina 1924 Died: Port Clyde, Maine 2010 acrylic on canvas 24 1/4 x 25 in. (61.6 x 63.5 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Chiyo Thomas Telford in loving memory of her father, Elbert D. Thomas 1992.88 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 41B

Luce Center Quote

"I do open paintings. I like lightness, airiness, and the way color pulsates. The presence of the painting is all that’s important." The artist, quoted in "Peacock Duo," Time, January 1965

Luce Center Label

This untitled piece is a "proto-circle," one of Kenneth Noland's first circle paintings in which a bold black ring focuses our eyes on the colors and textures within. Noland felt that the "touch and application" of color was just as important as its hue, and he applied the paint in heavy brushstrokes to emphasize the different stages of his working process. Stripes and dashes of green, orange, and yellow show partially through the white paint, as if waiting to burst through and fill the circle with color.




paint - acrylic

fabric - canvas