(Study for Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension)

  • Al Held, (Study for Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension), 1975, pencil on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program, 1977.47.49

Exhibition Label
This drawing is a study for the enormous two-part mural commissioned for the Social Security building lobby in Philadelphia. Each of the final parts of the mural measures thirteen feet high and ninety feet wide, and special canvas had to be ordered from weavers in Belgium to accommodate this scale. The artist worked out arrangements of solid and broken lines that suggest volume and perspective. He then transferred the composition to a section of the canvas and added to the sequence of visual components until the entire mural was completed.

Abstract Drawings, 2012

Title
(Study for Order/Disorder/Ascension/Descension)
Artist
Date
1975
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
sheet: 20 1/2 x 24 3/4 in. (52.1 x 62.9 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Transfer from the General Services Administration, Art-in-Architecture Program

Mediums
Mediums Description
pencil on paper
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1977.47.49
Palette
Linked Open Data
Linked Open Data URI

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