Kenyon College

Kenneth Noland (American 1924-2010)


In the late 1940s, World War II veteran Kenneth Noland studied at Black Mountain College on a GI Bill with art world luminaries such as Ilya Bolotowsky and Josef Albers, where he learned about Bauhaus theories and the work of Paul Klee. In the late 1940s and early 1950s he became close with Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis and Clement Greenberg, who greatly influenced the trajectory of his work. Noland has been categorized as a Color Field painter, a Minimalist and as part of the Post-Painterly Abstraction movement. In 1964 his work was showcased in the American Pavilion at the Venice Biennale and in 1977 he had a major retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. The Guggenheim held a large tribute exhibition for Noland in 2010 after his passing in January of that same year. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions around the world and his paintings are collected by dozens of major museums across the United States and Europe, such as the Centre George Pompidou, Paris; the Tate Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.



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