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Maker(s):Berthot, Jake
Culture:American (1939-2014)
Title:Untitled
Date Made:1991
Type:Drawing
Materials:Ink on gessoed paper
Place Made:New York State: New York City
Measurements:Frame: 25 in x 22 11/16 in; 63.5 cm x 57.6 cm; Sheet: 23 1/16 in x 20 3/4 in; 58.6 cm x 52.7 cm
Accession Number:  MH 1995.1
Credit Line:Gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, Hassam, Speicher, Betts and Symons Fund
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
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Description:
Writhing and expressive marks dance between straight and narrow lines that form and deconstruct, encapsulate and release, a soft white expanse and its inky black surrounds. Characteristic of painter Jake Berthot, the vertical composition is thickly worked, emotive yet simplistic like the Abstract Expressionists who inspired his work. Open in his appreciation for Mark Rothko and Milton Resnick, Berthot’s paintings achieve a similarly eloquent and atmospheric quality.

Despite his fresh approach to abstraction, when asked about his work, Berthot stated that he was “not interested in the new but in trying to make paintings that refuse to grow old.” Untitled is such an exercise, as dry and aqueous brushstrokes open up onto a monochromatic portal of infinite possibilities. The painting holds space and is indeed unfettered by time (SSW).

Tags:
grids; poetry; abstract; monochrome

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