Galerie Wentzel, Cologne Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Clement Greenberg Gallery, Kenneth Noland, 1984, n.p., illustrated
"Like arrowheads moving down or across the picture surface, this dramatic layout imposed a bold sense of direction, forcing Noland to find colours that take advantage of the abrupt transition from one band to the next... arranging those hues with dazzling exactitude" (Terry Fenton cited in: Exh. Cat., New York, Salander-O'Reilly Galleries, Inc., Kenneth Noland: An Important Exhibition of Paintings from 1958 through 1989, 1989, p. 11).
The colours in the cataogue illustration are fairly accurate although there are fewer green undertones to the yellow background in the original.
This work is in very good condition. Very close inspection reveals some light dust fibres that have adhered to the recesses in the more impastoed areas. Further close inspection reveals some faint rub marks in places to the lower half of the composition; one towards the right edge, approximately 80cm from the lower edge, and two towards the centre left of the lower edge. There are some minute and unobtrusive specks of media accretion in isolated places. No restoration is apparent when examined under ultraviolet light. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."