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40,000 - 60,000 USD

Lot Details



1928 - 2005


signed and dated 87 on the reverse

acrylic on canvas

84¼ by 60½ in. (213.7 by 153.7 cm.)

André Emmerich Gallery, New York 

Christie's, New York, 15 November 2012, Lot 313

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

Al Held was an Abstract Expressionist painter best known for his large-scale Hard-edge paintings, with the present work being an example from this series. The ‘Hard-edge’ paintings are marked by abrupt transitions between color areas, with each area typically a single, unvarying color. This school of painting bears relation to Op Art, Color Field painting and Geometric abstraction. While it is this body of work for which Al Held is most recognized, he nonetheless underwent numerous stylistic changes throughout his career. All the while, he remained independent from the crosscurrents of artistic movement at these respective stages. Held’s works are in the collections of Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Tate, London; and the Kunstmuseum, Basel.