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Carl Holty
Gridiron
1943–44
oil
48 x 36 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Patricia and Phillip Frost



Like many of his contemporaries, Carl Holty was dedicated to abstraction and structural geometries. A careful look at this swirl of shapes suggests a football player holding a ball. Here, the artist expands his usual palette of primary colors to include decorative pinks and oranges.