PRINT Summer 1969

Recent Work by Kenneth Noland

FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS NOW Kenneth Noland has been making paintings which consist of a number of horizontal bands of color, usually of different thicknesses, suspended above one another—almost always with intervals of raw canvas between them—within rectangular formats whose height-to-width ratios are rarely less than one to two and are sometimes as much as one to twelve or even more. (In Streak, reproduced here, the ratio is just under one to five.) A selection from among the first such paintings was shown at the, Emmerich Gallery in November, 1967; while five superb canvases recently on view at the Lawrence Rubin Gallery exemplify some of the directions which Noland’s work has taken the past year and a half.

The most remarkable of the Rubin Gallery paintings is probably the largest, Via Token. A broad expanse of light ochre fills the entire canvas except for two nine-inch-high tracts at the

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