Color Field

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Color Field


a homogeneous colored surface of paper, cardboard, fabric, glass, or some other material, used in color measurements. A color field can be produced by application of a dye to the selected material, by photographic or optical methods, or by excitation of a phosphor. Color atlases consist of rectangular samples of known colors. Visual determination of the color of an object being tested is made by selecting the sample closest in color. In three-color colorimeters the color field consists of two equal, adjacent semicircles; one has the color of the object being tested, the other has the color of the screen on which the primary colors of the instrument are mixed.

In cinematography and color television a color field is used to monitor the fidelity of color reproduction. Here, the color field occupies either the entire frame or part of the frame. The fidelity of color reproduction usually is monitored visually or with a colorimeter. Television color fields may also be used to set and monitor the color purity of the red, green, and blue phosphors of the kinescope and the color of the white field. Color fields (with known color coordinates) are included in universal television test patterns.


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That, together with trips to London's Tate in the previous years and his work with a German gallery that exhibited American art, opened the young artist's eyes to innovations in abstraction--particularly what he called "the emerging American art scene, when the abstract versions of Pop Art appeared, such as Hard-Edge and Color Field Painting (Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly).
It's not surprising that Color Field painting comes to mind, as the flow of brushstroke-free staining recalls obliquely that particular way of working.
The late Al Loving layered strips of torn, stained canvas into a loose-jointed, jazzy, irregular shape that at once invokes the legacy of Cubism, Color Field painting, and the accidental palimpsests of old posters on urban walls.
Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting began to appear on the scene.
Despite Jones's lifelong commitment to the ice-goddess paradigm, his work also exemplifies a more rugged experimentalism: Anglo Pop figuration (think David Hockney) is seamlessly fused to English Color Field painting (think John Hoyland), all secure and bright, and nourished by pioneering French colorists (think Robert Delaunay).
Color Field painting at once continues, expands, and challenges the assumptions of Abstract Expressionism--at least, of the non-gestural strain embodied by the work of Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Barnett Newman.
Still to come was Abstract Expressionism, Color Field Painting, Op and Pop Art, and more recently Performance Art and Computer Imaging.
It's surprising to discover that Matta-Clark, during a period when so many artists were preoccupied with abstraction, from Minimalist structures to Color Field painting, drew trees.
Among the fundamental concepts of Abstract Expressionism and Color Field painting was the belief that the source of art was the unconscious and that an artist working wholeheartedly out of intuition would somehow charge the materials he (or she) adopted with his own being, so that they would wordlessly embody his deepest feelings and concerns.
As an innovator in this type of abstract painting, Frankenthaler was an influential figure in the development of Color Field painting, a form of abstraction more concerned with color than with the gestural brushwork used by artists such as Pollock.