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Kenneth Noland
Split
1959
acrylic
94 x 94 1/4 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection



According to Kenneth Noland, "color can be mood, can convey human meaning." Here the dynamic geometric forms and bright, contrasting colors suggest movement and energy. Whether the splitting of the atom or the dividing of a cell, Noland's image offers a metaphor for creative transformation.