Kenneth Noland (American, b.1924) is an abstract painter and sculptor, best known for his simple colorful works that fall into four broad categories: targets, chevrons, stripes, and shaped canvases. Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Noland studied at the nearby Black Mountain College under the color theorist Josef Albers. After his first one-man show at the Galerie Creuze in Paris in 1949, Noland moved to Washington DC, where he taught at the Institute of Contemporary Art and befriended the artist Morris Louis. Noland and Louis eventually traveled together to New York City, where they visited the studio of Helen Frankenthaler, an influential experience for both artists, which resulted in Noland’s experimentation with targets saturated in concentric rings of color. Noland lived and worked in New York City in the early 1960s, eventually leaving to teach at Bennington College in Vermont. Noland continued to experiment with color, eventually pioneering the use of the shaped canvas in many of his compositions. Noland died in 1997.

Timeline

1924
Born in Asheville, NC
1946–1948
Studied at Black Mountain College, Beria, NC
1948–1949
Studied with Ossip Zadkine, Paris, France
1949–1951
Taught at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Washington, DC
1952–1956
Taught at the Washington Workshop Center of the Arts, Washington, DC
1951–1960
Taught at Catholic University, Washington, DC
1977
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters
1985
Milton Avery Professor of the arts, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
1986–1987
Artist-in-Residence, Pratt Institute, New York, NY
1995
North Carolina Award in Fine Arts
1997
Doctor of Fine Arts honorary degree from Davidson College, Davidson, NC
Died in Port Clyde, Maine

Exhibitions

2008
Seeing through Modernism, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Pop and Op, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
2007
Living Color, Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary
2006
Accrochage - von Albers bis Warhol, Galerie Renee Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland
Starting at Zero - Black Mountain College 1933-57, Kettle's Yard, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
360 Degrees on the Wall, Ameringer/Yohe Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
Wilder, a tribute to the Nicholas Wilder Gallery, Los Angeles 1965-1979, Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York, NY
Fumagalli Gallery, Bergamo, Italy (solo)
2004
Visions of America, Sammlung Essl - Kunsthaus, Klosterneuburg, Austria
Papier, Des Material des Kunstlers, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, TX (solo)
2003
Fuochi, Grossetti Arte Contemporanea, Milan, Italy
Chac-Mool Gallery, Los Angeles, CA (solo)
Ameringer/Yohe Gallery, New York, NY
2002
Farnsworth Museum, Rockland, ME (solo)
Kenneth Noland: Themes and Variations, Naples Museum of Art, FL (solo)
2001
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, England (solo)
Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Pace Prints, New York, NY (solo)
Southern Vermont Art Center, Manchester, VT (solo)
2000
Ameringer Howard Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Bernard Jacobson Gallery, London, England (solo)
Kenneth Noland: Encounter and Reflexion, Metta Galeria, Madrid, Spain (solo)
1999
Chac Mool Gallery Los Angeles, CA
Meredith Long Gallery, Houston, TX
1998
Kenneth Noland: Circles, Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1996
Mosaic mural at Central Colosseum Station, Rome, Italy
1995
Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY
Kenneth Noland: A Selection of Paintings, Gana Art Gallery, Seoul, South Korea (solo)
1994
Kenneth Noland: The Circle Paintings, The Museum of Art, Houston, TX (solo)
Kenneth Noland: The Circle Paintings, Museum of Fine Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL (solo)
1990
Edmonton Art Gallery, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (solo)
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN
1986
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH (solo)
Hunter Museum of Art, Chattanooga, TN (solo)
1985
Grand Compositions: Selections from the Collection of David Mirvish, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX
Contemporary Monotypes, Edith C. Blum Art Institute Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
American Abstract Paintings, Margo Leavin Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Museo de Bella Artes, Bilbao, Spain (solo)
1983
Museo de Arte Moderno, Mexico City, Mexico
Arte Contemporaneo Norteamericans, Collection David Mirvish, American Embassy in Madrid, Madrid, Spain
1982
Visual Arts Museum of Art, New York, NY
1977
Kenneth Noland: A Retrospective, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY (solo)

Public Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MD
Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
City Art Museum, St. Louis, MO
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts, Columbus, OH
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, IA
Detroit Institute of Fine Arts, Detroit, MI
Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC
Kunsthaus, Zürich, Switzerland
Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Louisiana Museum, Humlebaek, Denmark
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Milwaukee Art Center, Milwaukee, WI
Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, CA
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Tate Gallery, London, England
Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Literature

2005
Greene, Alison de Lima, Karen Wilkin and Kenneth Noland. Kenneth Noland: The Nature Of Color. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, 2005
1993
Greene, Alison de Lima, William C Agee, and Kenneth Noland. Kenneth Noland: The Circle Paintings 1956-1963. Houston: The Museum of Fine Arts, 1993
1990
Wilkin, Karen. Kenneth Noland. New York: Rizzoli, 1990