Ad Reinhardt “Art is art-as-art”

AdReinhardt, Abstract Painting No.5 -1962
Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting No.5 -1962

“Art is art-as-art and everything else is everything else.” Ad Reinhardt

“…the monochromatic paintings of Ad Reinhardt hark back to works by Kazimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian, in which pure color and geometric order provoke deep contemplation.”[1]

Ad REINHARDT  Painting 1954-1958

Ad REINHARDT Painting 1954-1958

Adolph Fredrick Reinhardt (“Ad” Reinhardt) (December 24, 1913–August 30, 1967) was an Abstract painter active in New York beginning in the 1930’s and continuing through the 1960’s. He was a member of the American Abstract Artists and was a part of the movement centered around the Betty Parsons Gallery that became known as Abstract Expressionism. He was also a founding member of the Artist’s Club. He wrote and lectured extensively on art and was a major influence on conceptual, minimal art and monochrome painting. Most famous for his “black” or “ultimate” paintings, he claimed to be painting the “last paintings” that anyone can paint.[2]

 Ad Reinhardt. Abstract Painting. 1963. Oil on canvas, 60 x 60 (152.4 x 152.4 cm)

Reinhardt was a pioneer of Hard-Edge Painting.[3]

1. The Surrealist Origins of Abstract Expressionism, Art History Archive
2. Ad Reinhardt, Wikipedia
3.Ad Reinhardt, Guggenheim Collection

Ad Reinhardt at the MoMA

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