KENNETH NOLAND (1924-2010)
KENNETH NOLAND (1924-2010)
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KENNETH NOLAND (1924-2010)


KENNETH NOLAND (1924-2010)
signed, titled and dated '"INFLORESCENCE" Kenneth Noland 1972' (on the reverse); dated again '1972' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
97 1/2 x 74 1/2 in. (247.7 x 189.2 cm.)
Painted in 1972.
Donated by the artist to the present owner, 1985
Williamstown, Williams College Museum of Art, Selections from the Collection of Bennington College, June- December, 1991.
Further details
Recognizable for his visual language of horizontal lines, circles, and shaped canvases, Kenneth Noland’s Inflorescence is an exceptional example of the artist’s most important evolutions of the 1960s: stained canvases and horizontal stripes. Having first experienced the technique of color-stains on a visit to Helen Frankenthaler’s studio in 1953, Noland continued to explore the possibilities of this process amongst Color Field contemporaries Jules Olitski, Anthony Caro, and Paul Feeley after moving to South Shaftsbury in 1963 following an exhibition of his work at Bennington College in 1961, organized by acclaimed art critic Clement Greenberg. Bennington College served as an influential incubator of artistic explorations and developments, an important one for Noland—optical illusion through minimal color and form—expressed through the present lot’s use of narrow horizontal stripes to disrupt the typical way viewers interact with a painting’s picture plane.

Proceeds from the sale of Flaming On will be used to benefit Bennington College’s Art for Access program. In fall 2018, the College launched the dynamic philanthropic initiative that leverages the institution’s long and celebrated reputation in the visual arts while advancing its commitment to equity, diversity, and access. As an institution without a museum or permanent collection, Bennington has long held that the works of art on its campus be a changing, dynamic teaching resource. Through this effort, the College extends this vision and will seek gifts of art from donors and friends with two related aims in mind: to develop and expand the works of art in the College’s holdings to enrich the educational experience, and, after extended use in teaching, to provide funding for scholarships for talented students through the sale of select artworks in the future.

This lot is being sold by a charitable organization with proceeds intended to benefit Art for Access and a US taxpayer may be able to claim a deduction for any amount of the purchase price paid in excess of the mid-estimate.

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