Obelisk Art History
Ad Reinhardt


Untitled, Ad Reinhardt
Untitled, zoomed in
13.3 cmUntitled scale comparison35.6 cm
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Untitled is an Early Modernist Oil on Panel Painting created by Ad Reinhardt in 1937. It lives at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in the United States. The image is used according to Educational Fair Use, and tagged Abstract Art. Source

Ad Reinhardt wanted to create work “about which no questions can be asked” — images that represent only themselves. But we're pretty sure we can spot a cigarette in this untitled work, and pacman eating a mountain. Reinhardt’s early work feels like an extension of cubism and the abstraction of early modernism. Later, his work would become severely minimal, less like looking for shapes in the clouds, and more like staring into a star-less night sky.

Reed Enger, "Untitled," in Obelisk Art History, Published August 12, 2018; last modified May 19, 2021, http://arthistoryproject.com/artists/ad-reinhardt/untitled/.

Further reading atamericanart.si.edu
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