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Color Fields

October 22, 2010 - January 10, 2011 │ Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin

With Color Fields the Deutsche Guggenheim presents a unique selection of prominent representatives of Color Field painting.

Large-scale canvases featuring flat expanses of color often stained into the support characterize one of the signatures of postwar abstract painting and are exemplified by the work of such artists as Morris Louis, Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland. Historically, a multiplicity of terms—Abstract Sublime, Cool Art, Hard-Edge painting, Lyrical Abstraction, and Post Painterly Abstraction—have been applied to align these painters at a moment when, for the first time since Impressionism, pure opticality held primacy over content and form. The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, acquired several examples of this work at the time of their creation and displayed them in landmark exhibitions of the sixties and seventies.

The thirteen artists in Color Fields are among the many included in these past presentations who were moving abstraction in new directions. Some artists applied pigment in large expanses, even covering the entire canvas. Their work emphasized the flatness of the picture plane, marking no distinction between subject and background. Large-scale canvases by Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, and Jules Olitski exemplify Color Field's expanses of color often stained into (rather than painted onto) the support. These artists and their contemporaries, in spite of their differences in technique all explored the nuances and power of color at a moment when the United States was embracing the energy of the youth, as well as trying to break free from the tumult of the previous decades.

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Morris Louis, Saraband, 1959
Copyright: Morris Louis 1959

Morris Louis, Saraband, 1959

Copyright: Morris Louis 1959

Artworks of exhibition (selection)
  • Frank Stella, Harran II, 1967, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1982, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Frank Stella, Harran II, 1967, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1982, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
  • Helen Frankenthaler, Canal, 1963, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Helen Frankenthaler, Canal, 1963, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
  • Morris Louis, Saraband, 1959, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © 1959 Morris Louis
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Morris Louis, Saraband, 1959, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © 1959 Morris Louis
  • Mark Rothko, No. 18 (Black, Orange on Maroon), 1963, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1986, © Kate Rothko-Prizel & Christopher Rothko / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Mark Rothko, No. 18 (Black, Orange on Maroon), 1963, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1986, © Kate Rothko-Prizel & Christopher Rothko / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
  • Jules Olitski, Lysander I, 1970, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Jules Olitski/ VAGA, New York
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Jules Olitski, Lysander I, 1970, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Jules Olitski/ VAGA, New York
  • Gene Davis, Wheelbarrow, 1971, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1972, © Gene Davis
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Gene Davis, Wheelbarrow, 1971, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1972, © Gene Davis
  • Raymond Parker, Untitled, 1959, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Raymond Parker
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Raymond Parker, Untitled, 1959, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © Raymond Parker
  • Hans Hofmann, The Gate, 1959 - 60, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Hans Hofmann, The Gate, 1959 - 60, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
  • Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim
    Start slideshow Bild 1 Installation Shot "Color Fields", © Deutsche Guggenheim

Frank Stella, Harran II, 1967, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1982, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010

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