Valledor is considered a pioneer of the hard-edge painting
style and then became a leader of the minimalist movement in the 1970s.
One need only consider abstract expressionism, for just a moment, as just another style, to see with a great deal of clarity that, in the post-World War II period, geometric abstraction, or op art, or hard-edge painting
, or whatever you want to call it was, in fact, the dominant global idiom of that era, the true cosmopolitan language of art.
Written about by influential critics (Judd, Lippard), and shown in prominent galleries (Martha Jackson, Pace), Lukin's work fused the Juddian "specific object" with hard-edge painting
, geometric illusionism, the exuberant palette of Pop, and a feeling for sensual curving forms that exuded a playful eroticism.
Masking tape and watercolor are the tools involved in "Exploring Movement and Rhythm with Hard-Edge Painting
" (page 40;.
A leading practitioner of op art in the United States was Richard Anuszkiewicz, who worked with "combinations of often-dazzling colors in precise geometrical shapes," also known as "hard-edge painting
" (Grolier Electronic Publishing 1996).
* Represent them symbolically in a hard-edge painting
by using architectural tools, masking tape and spatter/spray paint.
Stillness pervades Beal's world, which seems at everlasting peace with itself, even when it is wetly painted--that is, when it has assimilated Abstract Expressionism--or when it suggests the influence of hard-edge painting
. However stubbornly and fastidiously realistic Beal's work seems to have been, he was clearly aware of the artistic developments going on around him.
During the following art period, we applied what we had learned to hard-edge painting
. Using 12"x 18" watercolor paper, I demonstrated taping a border around the paper with 1-inch masking tape.
Yet all the works--their compositional diversity a testament to Apfelbaum's careful attention to the main-subtle strains of nonfigurative modernism--signified within the general rubric of abstraction: hard-edge painting
, Op art, Neo-Plasticism, and Concrete art, for example.
Patterning line and shadow from tactical cuts, cardboard shapes, hand-drawn details, and heavy washes of pastel, fluoresecent, or metallic gouache, the Los Angeles-based artist has cultivated a trademark abstraction that seems poised somewhere between the cohesive surfaces of hard-edge painting
, the hasty marks of expressionism, and the shifting planes of collage.
His works may be geometrical--Hammersley is one of the founding fathers of so-called hard-edge painting
, which originated in 1950s Los Angeles partly in reaction to the apparently ill-disciplined messiness of New York AbEx, replacing it with something of the clarity of De Stijl--but they are geometrically uncanny.
For Finley, the computer that generates his designs serves as a stylistic and historical blender into which he has tossed the strange formal devices and warped figures of Francis Bacon, the energy of mid-twentieth-century gestural abstraction and earlier Futurist experiments, the blocked-in color of postpainterly abstraction and hard-edge painting
, the cartoonishness of Pop, and the stylistic signatures of computer graphics and image-manipulation software.