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AD REINHARDT (1913-1967)

 
AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in. AD REINHARDT - Abstract Painting, 1959 - oil on canvas - 108 x 40 in.
Abstract Painting, 19591959108 x 40 in.(274.32 x 101.6 cm) oil on canvas
Provenance
Mrs. Betsy Zogbaum
Marlborough Collection, ca. 1970
Private Collection, Belgium
Exhibition
"Rendez-vous, Frans Hals Museum, Hof, Haarlem, 29/03 - 30/09/2018
Ad Reinhardt, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, 7/11 - 8/12/2013
Last Paintings. Ad Reinhardt, Josef Albers Museum, Quadratt Bottrop, Duitsland, 26/09/2010-9/1/2011
In-Finitum, Venice, Palazzo Fortuny, 6/06-15/11/2009
Academia: Qui es-tu?, Paris, Chapelle de l'Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, 10/09 -23/11/2008
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexi
...More...co, Expressionismo Abstracto, 10/10/1996 -
12/01/1997, catalogue number 89
The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Ad Reinhardt, 13/10/1991 - 05/01/1992,
illustrated in catalogue page 93
Museum of Modern Art, New York, Ad Reinhardt, 30/05 - 02/09/1991
Centre National d'Art Contemporain, Grand Palais Paris, Ad Reinhardt, 22/05 - 02/07/1973
catalogue number 56
Literature
Michael Corris, Ad Reinhardt, Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2008
Barbara Rose, Monochromes. From Malevich to the present, University of California Press, Berkeley, 2006: pp. 202-204
Barbara Rose, Art as Art. The Selected Writings of Ad Reinhardt, University of California
Press, Berkeley, 1991
Maurice Tuchman, The Spiritual in Art: Abstract Paunting 1890-1985, New York and Los
Angeles: Abbeville Press and Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, 1986
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“As an artist I would like to eliminate the symbolic pretty much, for black is interesting not as a color but as a non-color and as the absence of color.” – Ad Reinhardt

History

“One must turn away from everything else and concentrate on the picture as though peering through a window into the night.” This is how writer Thomas Merton described the experience of standing in front of a Reinhardt black painting.

Ad Reinhardt was an abstract painter active in New York from the 1930s to the 1960s. A central figure of the movement that would come to be known as Abstract Expressionism, Reinhardt exhibited at the Betty Parsons Gallery alongside Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and other influential members of the New York School.

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    Ad Reinhardt in studio, 1966
“The one thing to say about art is, its breathlessness, lifelessness, deathlessness, contentlessness, formlessness, spacelessness, and timelessness. This is always the end of art.” – Ad Reinhardt

RARITY OF REINHARDT’S BLACK PAINTINGS

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    Ad Reinhardt in his studio in 1953, the year he began working exclusively on black paintings
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    Reinhardt at work in his studio
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    The 7 large Reinhardt black paintings hung together at the 1991 MoMA retrospective
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    The 7 large Reinhardt black paintings hung together at the 1991 MoMA retrospective

Ad Reinhardt began working on black paintings in the early 1950s, focusing on them exclusively from 1953 until his death in 1967. He created at least 50 black paintings in various sizes that have been documented in major Reinhardt exhibitions, and 18 of them are in permanent museum collections. Only 7 are of this large size (108 x 40 in.), two of which are held in museum collections: the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and the Brooklyn Museum. The remaining 5, which include this example, are in private collections.

The last time a Reinhardt black painting of this large scale came up for auction was 30 years ago when Abstract Painting (1958) sold at Sotheby’s New York on May 8, 1990 for over $2.5 million USD.

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Paintings in Museum Collections

"No. 10" (1959), oil on canvas, 108 x 40 in., The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
“No. 10” (1959), oil on canvas, 108 x 40 in., The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
"Untitled (Composition #104)" (1954-1960), oil on canvas, 108 x 40 in., The Brooklyn Museum, New York
“Untitled (Composition #104)” (1954-1960), oil on canvas, 108 x 40 in., The Brooklyn Museum, New York
"Abstract Painting" (1960-66), oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in., The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
“Abstract Painting” (1960-66), oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in., The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
"Abstract Painting" (1960-66), oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in., The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“Abstract Painting” (1960-66), oil on canvas, 60 x 60 in., The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
“The one question, the one principle, the one crisis in art of the twentieth century centers in the uncompromising ‘purity’ of art, and in the consciousness that art comes from art only, not from anything else.” – Ad Reinhardt

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Additional Resources

Ad Reinhardt: From the Curator. Video created by the Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Painting Techniques of Ad Reinhardt. Video created by the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Ad Reinhardt, retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1991

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