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Maker(s):Row, David
Culture:American (1949- )
Title:Study for #129
Date Made:1991
Type:Painting
Materials:oil on palette paper
Measurements:Frame: 15 15/16 in x 18 5/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 40.5 cm x 47.3 cm x 3.8 cm; Sheet: 9 in x 11 7/8 in; 22.9 cm x 30.1 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2013.11
Credit Line:Gift of Steven M. Jacobson (Class of 1953)
2013-11.jpg

Description:
A study of color for a painting, the artist tested out several colors and painted overlapping, adjacent rectangles. In the one on the left, the artist used an electric green but then overlayed it with a sunny yellow, creating areas of a dark blackish green. In addition, there is a rectangle of orange-yellow and a muted red. The artist also tried a stroke of bright blue, which he painted on top of the muted red rectangle.

Label Text:
The diminutive "Study for #129," a study for a large untitled painting dated 1992, summarizes David Row’s interest in reinvigorating modern painting through fresh attention to the traditional building blocks of painting—line, composition, and form—and sophisticated exploration of color. With its staggered squares splashed with rich red, bright blue, electric green, and saturated yellow-orange, Study for #129 embodies the chromatic and structural tension that characterizes Row’s oeuvre.

Row opted for a sunny yellow—in place of the electric green—and a brighter red for Untitled. In Untitled, he also achieved a smoother surface with the layering of the paint.

MD, 2013

Tags:
abstract; color theory; geometry; grids

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