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  • Howard Mehring, Banner, 1957, acrylic on canvas, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection, 1980.6.13

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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)

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“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

Title
Banner
Artist
Date
1957
On View
Dimensions
52 1/2 x 65 1/2 in. (133.4 x 166.4 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift from the Vincent Melzac Collection

Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1980.6.13
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