Al Held: A pioneer of hard-edged abstraction

OCTOBER 12, ON THIS DAY Al Held, a significant player in American post-Abstract Expressionism, is best known for his enormous, hard-edged canvases. Although Held\’s distinctive embrace of depth and spatial illusion defies easy categorization, his sharp outlines, geometric forms, and clarity of vision are characteristic of post-painterly abstraction. His work rejects reductive geometric flatness in favour …

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