Untitled

Media - 1987.46 - SAAM-1987.46_1 - 68564
Copied Kenneth Victor Young, Untitled, 1973, acrylic on canvas, 37 5837 58 in. (95.695.6 cm.), Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Mr. Val E. Lewton, 1987.46

Artwork Details

Title
Untitled
Date
1973
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
37 5837 58 in. (95.695.6 cm.)
Credit Line
Gift of Mr. Val E. Lewton
Mediums
Mediums Description
acrylic on canvas
Classifications
Keywords
  • Abstract
Object Number
1987.46

Artwork Description

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.”


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