Edward Avedisian Abstract Drawing - Untitled 012 (Framed Blue and Yellow Striped Watercolor Painting c. 1960)
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Edward Avedisian
Untitled 012 (Framed Blue and Yellow Striped Watercolor Painting c. 1960)

c. 1960

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12 x 16 watercolor on paper 16 x 20 x 1 inch custom frame, gold stain molding, 8ply white mat Sunny yellow and cobalt blue vertical striped watercolor painting on paper. Mr. Avedisian was best known for his work in the 1960s: brilliantly colored, boldly composed canvases that combined Minimalism’s rigor, Pop’s exuberance and the saturated tones of Color Field painting. These large, vertical straw-like stripes were a commonly repeated motif that juxtaposed neon colors. Other common motifs were his abstracted beach balls and gestural vertical striped paintings. The artist often did small studies on paper in both watercolor and acrylic before making a much larger version of the painting on 8 or 9 foot canvas. This small blue and yellow painting was likely a study painted back in 1960. About the Artist: In the 1960’s, Edward Avedisian was one of the youngest of those luminaries producing a grand new abstract painting. Shown first at Ivan Karp and Dick Bellamy’s Hansa Gallery and then at Robert Elkon, Avedisian’s insouciant mix of pop playfulness, color field cool and high formalist style put his art in a unique, and at the time generously rewarded, position. Paintings made it onto the cover of Artforum in January 1969 and were purchased by all the major museums. His were among the few abstract works shown as representative of America’s post-war achievement at Expo 67 in Montreal alongside Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, and Frank Stella. This exhibit comprised a cornerstone in histories of the period written by Barbara Rose, among others. Edward Avedisian moved to Hudson, NY in the later part of his life and essentially exited the art world. Paintings of this period moved toward landscape and figuration. The artist passed away in 2007. Influences for the color-field work included artists such as Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman, while later paint splatter, lyrical abstract work of the 70s and 80s were influenced by fellow artist Jackson Pollock. Of his contemporaries in New York, the most prominent included Helen Frankenthaler and John Hoyland in London. Museum Collections: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York Brooklyn Museum, New York Chrysler Art Museum, Norfolk, Virginia Denver Art Museum, Colorado Flint Institute of Arts, Michigan Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas The Larry Aldrich Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Minneapolis Institute of Arts Minneapolis Society of Fine Arts Neuberger Museum of Art, State University of New York, Purchase Los Angeles County Museum, California Neuberger Museum, SUNY, Purchase, New York Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York

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  • Condition
    Excellent
  • Dimensions
    H 16 in. x W 20 in. x D 1 in.H 40.64 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 2.54 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU227175722
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