Al Held (American, 1928-2005)
acrylic on canvas, Unframed: 152.4 x 152.4 cm (60 x 60 in.). Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by gifts from members of The Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1976.101
From 1969 to 1978 Held investigated in large, stark paintings like Jupiter IV spatial conundrums by suggesting volume and depth. Over a flat, white surface he superimposed bold, black lines of varying thickness to render interlocking cubes, flowing circular forms, and other threedimensional shapes, providing a complex symphony of continuous geometrical forms floating in infinite space.
MOCA Cleveland (6/9/2006 - 8/20/2006): "The Persistence of Geometry: Form, Content and Culture in the Collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art", no. 112, p. 122, repr. p. 78.
"Al Held," Adler Castillo Gallery, Caracas Venezuela (1975).
"Year in Review 1976," CMA (1977).
"Contemporary Art," CMA (Nov. 3 - Dec. 12, 1982).
"Contemporary Collection," CMA (Aug. 17 - Nov. 6, 1983).
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