"The Wadsworth Antheneum: Ten Works
by Ten Artists," 1964
24 x 20 in.
Sweeney Art Gallery Permanent Collection
Ad Reinhardt was the son of socialist parents and belonged to the Artists' Union and the left-wing American Artists' Congress himself. Nevertheless, he was an adamant advocate for the separation of art from social, political and literary subject matter. In 1937 he joined the American Abstract Artists where among his fellow members such as Mondrian, Leger and Albers he had the distinction of having begun his career as an abstract artist. Early on he began the move to a pure geometric structure from the all-over compositions of his rhythmic post-cubist abstractions. Reinhardt sought geometric purity by reducing his canvases to symmetrical rectangular shapes in single colors. This tendency culminated in his black paintings done at the end of his life. This print represents Reinhardt's signature style of that era and though barely visible this black square is doubly bisected by a black cross.
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