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Tapetum (1970)
By Kenneth Noland
Acrylic on canvas
Size: 221.6 x 612.1 centimetres (87.25 x 241 inches)
Estimated price: $80,000-120,000
Price realised: $147,750

An important work by leading contemporary American colour field artist Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) is to be offered in the First Open: Summer Edition Sale at Christie’s in New York.

A visually arresting set of horizontal bands of colour covering the 20 foot canvas, Tapetum is among Noland’s largest works. Colour field artists concentrate on large expanses of colour which emphasise the flatness of the surface and have no central focus within their work. This stellar example of the artist’s stripe paintings, Tapetum joins Noland’s chevrons and targets as one of the artist’s most iconic motifs.

Noland worked within a rigid compositional format, which allowed him to focus on colour, his primary concern. Within this self-imposed confinement, Noland experimented rigorously, varying the palette, thickness of bands, colour saturation and scale. Of the three major stylist phases in Noland’s early career, his stripes paintings are perhaps the most daring in their stark simplicity.

Christie’s First Open: Summer Edition Sale will take place in New York on July 17, 2013. For more information please visit www.christies.com.

First published in the Adbuzzzz Section of the DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on July 14, 2013.