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Stone Ridge 6

Like so many artists coming out from under the influence of Abstract Expressionism in the 1950s, Held looked for a new way to reflect modern life. He chose a hard-edged form of concrete abstraction that rejected gesture, metaphor, and any reference to the human figure. In their place, he developed a sophisticated vocabulary of geometric forms that used clean lines and pure color to create dynamic spatial relationships. Although he started out with a minimalist aesthetic, he turned in the late 1960s to a complex interweaving of illusionistic shapes. The title of this piece, one of a series of seven prints, may relate to Stone Ridge, New York, a city a little over a hundred miles northwest of New Haven, Connecticut, where Held taught for almost twenty years in the Yale University art department.

Al Held
American, 1928–2005
Stone Ridge 6 from Stone Ridge Series
Color etching and aquatint on paper
Image/sheet: 26 11/16 x 39 1/4 in. (67.8 x 99.6 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 84.50

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