Blue Rational/Irrational

(American, 1935–2005)
147 x 322.5 cm (57 7/8 x 126 15/16 in.)
© The Estate of Al Loving and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
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This work debuted in Al Loving: Paintings (1969) at the Whitney Museum, the museum’s first solo exhibition by an African American artist.


Across both canvases of this large-scale diptych, Loving evokes a three-dimensional space on a two-dimensional surface through strategic layerings of cubic forms and carefully calibrated color juxtapositions. Around the time Loving made this work he wrote, “I am tired of objects on walls. The wall must be pierced, brought forward, pushed back.” Blue Rational/Irrational is a bold manifestation of this sentiment.
Blue Rational/Irrational

Blue Rational/Irrational


Al Loving

(American, 1935–2005)


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