Noland, Kenneth(nō`lənd), 1924–2010, American painter, b. Asheville, N.C. An outstanding colorist, Noland was one of the best-known exponents of the abstract painting movement known as color-field paintingcolor-field painting,
abstract art movement that originated in the 1960s. Coming after the abstract expressionism of the 1950s, color-field painting represents a sharp change from the earlier movement.
..... Click the link for more information. . He experimented with bands of pure color in bull's-eye and chevron motifs and horizontal parallel stripes, emphasizing the flatness of his usually large canvases and the vibrancy of his colors by staining paint into raw canvas and using uniform color values. In his work color itself is the subject. Later paintings treat plaid designs with muted color bands of varied width.
See R. H. Love, Kenneth Noland: Major Works (1986); K. Wilkin, Kenneth Noland (1990); A. de Lima Greene and K. Wilkin, Kenneth Noland: The Nature of Color (museum catalog, 2005).
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Noland, Kenneth(1924– ) painter; born in Ashville, N.C. He studied at Black Mountain College, North Carolina (1946–48, 1950), and with Ossip Zadkine in Paris (1948–49). He taught at the Institute of Contemporary Art (1949–51), and at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. (1951–60), before moving to South Salem, New York. His acrylic paintings, such as Par Transit (1966), demonstrate geometric forms and dominant color bands.
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