press release

Color field painting, which emerged in the United States during the 1950s, is characterized by pouring, staining, or spraying thinned paint onto raw canvas to create vast chromatic expanses that are remarkable for their luminosity and gracefulness. Paintings such as Helen Frankenthaler’s Flood (1967) exemplify these artists’ interest in exploring the emotional associations triggered by pure color relationships. Frankenthaler’s work, along with paintings by Mark Rothko, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, and Frank Stella constitute one of the crowning achievements of postwar American abstract art.

Surprisingly, there has not been a major exhibition to date that has examined the sources, meaning, and impact of color field painting. Encompassing forty-one large-scale canvases, Color as Field presents a rare opportunity for viewers to fully comprehend the aims of these artists, view their finest works in close relationship to one another, and experience the beauty and Frankenthaler sensuality of their pictorial handling of space and color.

Color as Field: American Painting, 1950–1975 is organized by the American Federation of Arts.

The exhibition is made possible, in part, by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts as part of American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of Artistic Genius.

Color as Field
American Painting, 1950–1975

Künstler: Jack Hamilton Bush, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Mark Rothko, Frank Stella ...