Nov 29, 2018

Blue Rational/Irrational (left panel)

Blue Rational/Irrational (left panel)


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Al Loving

(American, 1935–2005)

Acrylic on canvas

Gift of the KeyBank Collection 2019.58.a

Did you know?

This was included in Al Loving: Paintings (1969) at the Whitney Museum, the museum’s first solo exhibition of work 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.

See also
CONTEMP - Painting
Contemporary Art
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