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United States of America 1913 – 1967

no title [No title: from the portfolio Ten works by ten painters] 1964
Collection Title: the 'Ten works by ten painters' portfolio, 1964
Materials & Technique: prints, stencil screenprint Impression: 100/500
Edition: edition of 500
Place Published: London
Date Published: 1964

Edition Notes: A portfolio containing 10 prints, each with a cover slip, and a double page sheet with title; S. Davis, R. Indiana, E. Kelly, R. Lichtenstein, R. Motherwell, G. Ortman, L. Poons, A. Reinhardt, F. Stella, A. Warhol.
Dimensions: comp 48.3 h x 58.4 w cm sheet 61.0 h x 50.8 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1983
Accession No: NGA 83.1467.10
Image rights: © Ad Reinhardt/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy

Ad Reinhardt is probably the one artist who most doggedly pursued the path laid down by Malevich’s Black squares. Across two decades, Reinhardt produced paintings and prints based solely on the black square, which represented in his words ‘pure, abstract, non-objective, timeless, spaceless, changeless, relationless, disinterested’ artworks ‘aware of no thing but art’. For Reinhardt, blackness was political, since it refused any relationship to contemporary entertainment, popular culture and commerce.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra