Ad Reinhardt b. 1913, Buffalo, New York; d. 1967, New York
Oil on canvas
40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm)
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Anonymous gift, 1980
2014 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Ad Reinhardt’s mature output is resolutely grounded in abstraction, and Yellow Painting (1949) occurs at a seminal moment in his career in which his investment in vivid color, expressionist brushstroke, and calligraphic elements were closely aligned. Soon after completing this painting, however, Reinhardt redacted color from his calligraphic marks, leaving them only in black and white and eventually eliminating them entirely by the mid-1950s. He subsequently redirected the color from these discrete units into what he called “walls of all-over painting,” resulting in the monochromatic and Minimalist style with which he became associated.