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Color Fields

Color Fields

Contributions by David Anfam, Richard Armstrong, and Clement Greenberg
Published in 2010
76 pages with 19 color illustrations
Softcover, 9 3/5 x 9 3/5 inches
Bilingual English and German edition

Curated by Richard Armstrong, Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, Color Fields presents the work of thirteen artists grouped under the term “Color Field painting.” The catalogue discusses the paintings of both well-known and lesser-known artists: Gene Davis, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Alfred Jensen, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Raymond Parker, Larry Poons, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, and Larry Zox. The book allows a re-investigation of this critical trend in abstract painting—a strain of nonobjectivity that the Guggenheim Foundation has supported in its infancy in exhibitions such as American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists (1961) and Systemic Painting (1966). A short text by Armstrong situates Color Field painting within its historical moment and an essay by Abstract Expressionist scholar Anfam provides an in-depth assessment of the fluidity and signification of the term “Color Field.” A reprint of critic and curator Greenberg’s catalogue essay for his eponymous exhibition “Post Painterly Abstraction” (1964), an exhibition that included nine of the thirteen artists in Color Fields, locates Color Field painting at the moment of its inception. With the exception of one work on long-term loan from the Tubacex Collection to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, all of the paintings on view at the Deutsche Guggenheim exhibition are owned by the Guggenheim Foundation.

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