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Al Held
Born 1928 in New York, NY
Died 2005 near Camerata, Italy
Vaporum VI, 1988
acrylic paint on linen
84 x 84 inches
Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection
Gift of the William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
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Like many New York painters of the 1950s, Held was influenced by Abstract Expressionism. However, he quickly abandoned the loose, brushy painting technique in favor of precise, geometric forms which create multiple perspectives within each painting. Working on a very large scale, he painted layer upon layer, taping, scraping, and sanding to conceal any trace of his process.