Acrylic on canvas
Unframed: 152.4 x 152.4 cm (60 x 60 in.)
Purchased with a grant from the NEA and matched by gifts from members of The Cleveland Society for Contemporary Art 1976.101
© Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1945, Held claimed to have been expelled from high school in the Bronx.
From 1969 to 1978 Held investigated in large, stark paintings like Jupiter IV spatial conundrums by suggesting volume and depth. Over a flat, white surface he superimposed bold, black lines of varying thickness to render interlocking cubes, flowing circular forms, and other threedimensional shapes, providing a complex symphony of continuous geometrical forms floating in infinite space.
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