Abstract Painting: Red
82 x 22 in. (208.28 x 55.88 cm)
(Buffalo NY, 1913 - 1967, New York NY)
Medium and Support:
Oil on canvas
Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Location: Currently on view
Ad Reinhardt took a philosophical point of view when it came to making fine art and explaining its significance. An influential writer on the subject, he is remembered for having made the following statement: “Art is Art, and Life is Life.” The spirit of this statement is well represented by this painting, which has a very subtle composition that only emerges for the viewer after close inspection. For Reinhardt, to appreciate the true significance of art one shouldn’t compare it to anything else. Art is an idea that is revealed only through pure form and content. For Reinhardt, art cannot teach you about the world. It can only teach you about art.