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Kenneth NOLAND | Oakum
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Kenneth NOLAND
United States of America born 1924
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Oakum 1970
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
228.3 (h) x 610.0 (w) cm
signed and dated verso l.r., pencil, "Kenneth Noland/ 1970", titled verso l.r., pencil, "OAKUM"
Purchased 1973
NGA 1973.962
© Kenneth Noland. Licensed by VAGA & VISCOPY, Australia
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Biography

Noland was born on 10 April 1924 in Asheville, North Carolina. He studied at Black Mountain College, near Asheville, from 1946 until 1948 when he left the college to work at Ossip Zadkine's studio in Paris. He had his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Raymond Greuze, Paris, in 1949. Noland returned to the United States soon afterwards, settling in Washington and teaching at the Institute of Contemporary Art. While teaching evening classes at the Washington Workshop Center of the Arts in 1952 Noland met Morris Louis. The two artists visited New York in 1953 and were impressed by the stain techniques developed by Helen Frankenthaler. Both Noland and Louis began applying these techniques after they returned to Washington. In 1954 Clement Greenberg selected Noland's work for inclusion in the exhibition 'Emerging Talent' at the Kootz Gallery, New York, and in 1957 he had his first solo exhibition in New York at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. In 1958 he began working on his 'targets', paintings based on concentric rings of colour. These were first shown at his solo exhibition at French and Company, New York, in 1959. During the early 1960s he participated in a number of important group exhibitions that brought together artists working in a style of hard-edge and stained colour-field abstraction, including 'American Abstract Expressionists and Imagists' at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, in 1961, 'Geometric Abstraction in America' at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1962, 'Towards a New Abstraction' at the Jewish Museum, New York, in 1963, and Clement Greenberg's 'Post-Painterly Abstraction' at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1964. In 1965 he was selected, with Jules Olitski and Frank Stella, by Michael Fried for the exhibition 'Three American Painters' at the Fogg Art Museu, Harvard University. Also in 1965 the Jewish Museum mounted an exhibition of his work, and a retrospective was held at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1977, touring other American cities. Noland also makes sculpture and is a prolific printmaker. He lives and works in south Shaftesbury, Vermont.

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