A ‘Mesmerizing Blend of Color and Form’ at the Hirshhorn

“At the Hub of Things,” 1987 (pigment and polyester resin on polystyrene foam) by Anish Kapoor

WASHINGTON, DC—Bold color makes a statement in any medium. The “Color Forms” exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum presents a selection of international post-war work, a “mesmerizing blend of color and form.”

“Throughout the history of Western art, color has been artists’ primary means of emotional and symbolic expression. Contemporary artists, freed from the limits of representation, have employed a range of media…to investigate color’s evocative possibilities,”the exhibit copy states.

“Color Forms” shows that with color minimalism can have maximum impact. The exhibit of several artist’s work from the museum’s collection will be on display through Nov. 13, 2011.

Photos by Arts Observer

The exhibit includes a gallery of early 1960s dot paintings by Larry Poons. From left, “Northeast Grave” 1964 (acrylic paint and graphite on canvas); “Day on Cold Mountain” 1962 (synthetic polymer, graphite and fabric dye on linen)

Detail of “Via Regia” 1964 (acrylic paint and graphite on canvas) by Larry Poons

“Untitled (Sculptural Study, Twelve-Part Vertical Construction),” 1990 by Fred Sandback is a linear yarn sculpture

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