Tag Archives: Ad Reinhardt

Zhong Yao, Spirit Above All 1-93A, 2012, acrylic on denim. COURTESY PACE LONDON AND WHITECHAPEL GALLERY

Less Is More: Ad Reinhardt’s 12 Rules for Pure Art

When Kazimir Malevich painted Black Square (1915), whose title perfectly explains what it is, painting was pushed further into abstraction than it ever was before. A new show at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, “Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and … Read More

Lygia Clark, Óculos, 1968, industrial rubber, metal, and glass, 117⁄

Lygia Clark at Museum of Modern Art

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The Changing Complex Profile of Black Abstract Painters

Long marginalized by their community and overlooked by the art market, African American abstractionists are finally coming into the spotlight Read More

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The Semi-Secret History of Modernism’s Best Comic Artist

A new show explores links between Ad Reinhardt’s identity as abstract painter and as cartoonist, satirist, crusader, explicator, and slide-show maker Read More

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MoMA Makes a Facebook for Abstractionists

A collaboration between MoMA curators and the Columbia Business School depicts early modernism as a vast social network. It’s the latest in a long line of charts showing that no ism is an island Read More

John Wesley’s comic-book esthetic, as in Aer Lingus, 2002, appeals to younger artists. COURTESY FREDERICKS FREISER GALLERY, NEW YORK

What’s So Funny About Contemporary Art?

Artists are finding inspiration in gags, slapstick, clowns, comics, and stand-up comedy. The results are sometimes satirical, sometimes ludicrous, and sometimes ‘so funny you could cry’. Read More