Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce Kenneth Noland: UNBALANCED on view at 515 W. 27th Street from January 28 – February 27, 2016. The exhibition focuses on the American Color Field painter’s iconic shaped canvases from the mid-to-late 1970s.
Noland was a pioneer of the shaped canvas, utilizing the forms as a means to generate a singular, unified experience within a color field. The artist considered the composition’s edge to be of equal importance to the center, and his iconic bands of color, known as “Rays” would often populate only the outer reaches of the canvas, as seen in notable works such as Ring, 1977 (pictured above) and Acute, 1977. His studies under Bauhaus expatriate Josef Albers at Black Mountain College deeply influenced his intuitive rather than theoretical approach to understanding color relationships. His palette was offbeat, challenging, and often characterized by surprising juxtapositions. But the result was unexpectedly harmonious, as encapsulated by essayist Alex Bacon in his text accompanying the exhibition where he suggests that “the calibration of the oscillating stripes causes the paintings to flex and shimmer as the eye twists and turns across the sinuous but taut picture plane.”
This is the first solo exhibition of the artist’s work at Paul Kasmin Gallery.