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Image of 10 Screenprints

Ad Reinhardt , (Dec 24, 1913–Aug 30, 1967)
Designed and produced by Ives-Stillman, Inc., New Haven, Connecticut. Screenprinted by Sirocco Screenprints, Inc.

10 Screenprints


Medium and Support: four screenprints on paper
Credit Line: gift of Lucy Lippard, Addison Art Drive
Accession Number: 1991.127.1-4


In the late 1950s, Minimalism emerged as an alternative to the chaotic visceral gestures of abstract expressionism. Ad Reinhardt, a leading figure of this style, became known for his monochromatic canvases, especially his black squares. Made fifty years after Kazimir Malevich’s radically non- representational Black Square (1915), Reinhardt was concerned not only with the perceptual implications of blackness, but also with the negation of all symbolic connotations previously associated with the color—or as he referred to it, the “non-color”—black. In the autobiographical chronology the artist compiled for the catalogue of his 1966 retrospective, he further acknowledges Georgia O’Keeffe’s Black Cross, New Mexico (1929) as an important precedent to his black paintings. This screenprint from the portfolio X + X (Ten Works by Ten Painters) skillfully captures the subtle variations in hue between different areas of the image.

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