Untitled

  • Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled, 1973, acrylic, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Val E. Lewton, 1987.46

Exhibition Label
The black orbs in Kenneth Young’s untitled abstraction are deceptive. They seem alternately microscopic, like organisms floating in a fluid field, or cosmic, like bits of matter captured in a split second. Opaque at the center, the spheres are fluid at their edges. The space, too, is ambiguous. Deep reds seem distant; electric blues propel dark forms forward from unfathomable depths. Energy and matter were apt subjects for Young, a young physicist who turned to painting: “I’ve always been interested in…outer space, inner space, and the development of what occurs – force, magnetism, and that kind of thing.”


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Title
Untitled
Artists
Date
1973
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
37 5/8 x 37 5/8 in. (95.6 x 95.6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Mr. Val E. Lewton

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1987.46
Palette
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