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Al Held (American, 1928–2005)
LOT ID: 77847
Scholes I, 1991

29 х 34 х 1 in. (73.66 x 86.36 x 2.54 cm.)
Signed, numbered, and stamped with the chop mark of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, lower right.
Print/Casting Year 1991
Edition of 80 + AP
Foundry/Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
Lot description
'Scholes I' explores the Al Held's study into Geometric Abstraction, exploring the interplay of shapes, colors, and dimensionality within the composition. Without using computers, he brings a mathematical precision to the exuberant, loosely disciplined abstract expressionist style. With this work, Held creates a world beyond our perception of everyday reality.

Without belonging to any particularly style or school of painting, American abstract artist Al Held (1928-2005) created multi-disciplinary works, from Abstract Expressionism to Op-art, Minimalism, and Hard-Edge. His bold, vibrant colors, free-floating, interlocking cubes and planes invite the viewer into a vertigo-inducing landscape that seems to stretch into infinity. Born in Brooklyn, NY in 1928, Al Held attended the Art Students League of New York. In 1949, he went to Paris for three years, to study at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Held's works are still widely exhibited and have recently been the subject of solo shows at Marianne Friedland Gallery, Naples, FL (2010); Wright Exhibition Space, Seattle, WA (2010); Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s , San Antonio Museum of Art, TX (2010); Paul Kasim Gallery, New York, NY (2008-09); and Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich, Switzerland (2006).

Selected Public Collections:
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Tate Gallery, London, UK
Scholes I by Al Held
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