Selection of works from the Openness and Clarity: Color Field Works from the 1960s and 1970s exhibition at the Honor Fraser gallery which examines “the pivotal role that Color Field painters and their direct predecessors played in the evolution of abstract art, while also proving the work’s persisting ability to captivate the contemporary eye”.

“The title of the exhibition references Clement Greenberg’s catalog essay for his seminal 1964 exhibition, Post Painterly Abstraction, which championed a new group of artists that rejected painterliness in favor of an “openness and clarity”  in color and contour.”

The exhibition includes works by Helen Frankenthaler which I blogged about previously here.

Kaf_Morris Louis

Kaf, 1959-1960, acrylic on resin, Morris Louis

Open No. 20 In Orange with Charcoal Line_Robert Motherwell

Open No. 20: In Orange with Charcoal Line, 1968, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, Robert Motherwell

Warm Weekend_Kenneth Noland

Warm Weekend, 1967, acrylic on canvas, Kenneth Noland

Angle of the Night_Kenneth Noland

Angle of the Night, 1978, acrylic on shaped canvas, Kenneth Noland

Bach's Sacred Theatre_Helen Frankenthaler

Bach’s Sacred Theatre, 1973, acrylic on canvas, Helen Frankenthaler

Homage to the Square-Warm-Near_Josef Albers

Homage to the Square: Warm-Near, 1966, oil on masonite, Josef Albers


Honor Fraser gallery. 2014. Openness and Clarity: Color Field Works from the 1960s and 1970s, Curated by Hayden Dunbar. [Press Release]. [Accessed 11 August 2014].


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