Different Stripes: Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Bridget Riley, Ken Noland, Gene Davis, Morris Louis and Ellsworth Kelly
Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Barnett Newman, Bridgette Riley, Ken Noland, Gene Davis, Morris Louis and Ellsworth Kelly have all made paintings consisting of stripes. Some of them at first glance are hard to tell apart. But I believe that these paintings are radically different — different in intention and completely different in their look. This may be more difficult to make evident with jpgs on a computer screen. When you see the paintings in person, however, the differences are more pronounced.
So, my question is: do the paintings themselves show us the artist’s intent, or can we only know the difference if we read about it?
And here is another odd thing. I like the work of all these painters for different reasons, with the exception of Gene Davis. I don’t get what his paintings are about.
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