Untitled #22


Larry Poons ( American, 1937 )

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General Description

Larry Poons rose to prominence in the 1960s with his optically exciting, often brilliant colored, paintings of circles and ovals on solid backgrounds. These paintings were often categorized as "op," so-called for the optical effect they had on the viewer. By 1966, Poons had moved away from optical art toward looser, more painterly abstract canvases like this one. Poons investigates the viscous, thick, and congested qualities of paint, demonstrating a concern with surface and texture. In a reversal of the process of starting with a canvas of a particular size, Poons instead started with a larger canvas which he would then crop to a particular size and shape when the painting was finished.

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