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Maker(s):Bolotowsky, Ilya
Culture:American, born in Russia (1907-1981)
Title:Double Column, Red, Blue and Yellow
Date Made:1972
Materials:Acrylic on wood
Measurements:Overall: 36 x 14 x 5 in.; 91.4 x 35.6 x 12.7 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2007.17
Credit Line:Bequest of Richard S. Zeisler (Class of 1937)

Label Text:
In Double Column, Red, Blue, and Yellow, Ilya Bolotowsky employs a concise visual language of abstract, rectilinear forms. While the austere repetition of these shapes could make the work seem static and inactive, the freestanding nature of the column allows viewers to construct an infinite number of compositional units from any side or combination of sides. Devoid of any figurative elements or even expressive textures, the possibility for harmony between the composition’s vertical and horizontal elements creates tension and visual stimulation. Bolotowsky’s geometrical style reveals his affinity for the work of the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian, who used only straight lines and rectangles in primary colors and black, white, and gray in an effort to create total harmonic perfection transcendent of individualism and idiosyncrasy. Bolotowsky, however, challenged Mondrian’s idealist conception, called Neoplasticism, by working with three-dimensional forms, grounding his object in real space. KE

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