Reinhardt's development from the geometric abstractions that characterized his days as a member of the American Abstract Artists group in the 1930s, to his exploration of "all over" abstract patterns in the 1940s, to the monochromatic red, blue and finally "black" paintings of the 1950s and 1960s was highly individual. Seeking to distill painting into a single, primary and uniquely visual experience, Reinhardt's austere, pared-down style provided a ciritical bridge between the artists of his generation and the younger, emerging Minimalist and Conceptual artists of the 1960s.
"The one thing to say about Art is that it is one thing. Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else. Art-as-art is nothing but art. Art is not what is not art."
-- Ad Reinhardt
Comp: Ad Reinhardt in his studio, 1966
Photo: © Fred W. McDarrah
Art: © 2005 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS) New York
The artist at the Betty Parsons Gallery in 1960 during his retrospective exhibition.
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