#17, 1966

  • John McLaughlin, #17, 1966, 1966, oil on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Sterling Holloway, 1968.119

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John McLaughlin's #17, 1966 is an example of the Hard-edge painting style that was popularized by a number of California artists in the 1960s. The stark palette and geometric composition highlight the contrast between the broad brushstrokes of matte black paint and the narrow brushstrokes of glossy white. McLaughlin's paintings evoke the works of artists such as Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, but he always emphasized his artistic connection to Asia, particularly Japanese art. He favored Asian paintings because "they made me wonder who I was.
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"Perhaps the most distinguishing feature of my painting is that I develop the composition by using rectangles exclusively." (Letter to Jules Langsner, April 27, 1959. John McLaughlin Papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)
Title
#17, 1966
Artist
Date
1966
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
48 x 60 in. (121.8 x 152.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. Sterling Holloway

Mediums
Mediums Description
oil on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1968.119
Palette
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