Blue Rational/Irrational

Blue Rational/Irrational

1969

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Al Loving

(American, 1935-2005)

Acrylic on canvas

147 x 322.5 cm (57 7/8 x 126 15/16 in.)

Gift of the KeyBank Collection 2019.58

Location

Fun Fact

This work debuted in Al Loving: Paintings (1969) at the Whitney Museum, the museum’s first solo exhibition by an African American artist.

Description

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.

See also
Collection: 
CONTEMP - Painting
Department: 
Contemporary Art
Type of artwork: 
Painting

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