Jules Olitski
Monday Night Mark, 1965
Acrylic on Canvas
69 x 63 inches

Larry Poons
Untitled, 1966
Acrylic on Canvas
38 x 78 inches

Kenneth Noland
No End, 1961
Acrylic on Canvas
55.25 x 55.25 inches

Dan Christensen
Yellow Bumper, 1970
Enamel and Acrylic on Canvas
46 x 125 inches

Jules Olitski
Hyksos Factor III, 1975
Acrylic on Canvas
90 x 35 inches

Larry Poons
Untitled, 1976
Acrylic on canvas
98.75 x 80 inches

Major Formats

Frankenthaler, Noland, Olitski, Christensen & Poons Essay by Carter Ratcliff

November 15, 2013 – January 3, 2014

A selection of works at Leslie Feely Fine Art showcases Color Field pioneers including Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Dan Christensen and Larry Poons. With their investigations of pure colors and original painting techniques, these artists emphasized the planar surface of the canvas. Their innovations coincided with technological advancements, as newly available acrylic paints expanded possibilities for color, transparency and texture. Frankenthaler experimented with the ability of unprimed canvas to absorb paint, while Olitski innovated a novel spray gun method and Poons layered viscous cascades of poured paint. Together these artists orchestrated a critical juncture in the evolution of modern art.