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Kenneth Noland, known for Color-field paintings, is dead at 85

January 6, 2010

KennethNolandKenneth Noland, whose groundbreaking Color-field paintings explored the richness of color while hewing to basic shapes such as concentric circles, chevrons, diamonds and stripes, has died at 85.

His wife, Paige Rense, told the New York Times that the North Carolina-born artist died Tuesday of cancer, at home in Port Clyde, Maine. Rense is the editor in chief of Architectural Digest magazine.

Currently on prominent display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is Noland’s “Untitled (Target),” pictured here. The characteristically large painting from 1963, nearly 8 feet by 8 feet, is a bull’s-eye that chief curator Paul Schimmel chose for “Collection: MOCA’s First Thirty Years,” the sweeping 30th anniversary exhibition made up of more than 500 of the museum’s most prized and influential works.

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Kenneth Noland, known for Color-field paintings, is dead at 85
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