American, 1923 - 2015
Oil on canvas
203.2 x 128.3 cm (80 x 50 1/2 inches)
The Albert Pilavin Memorial Collection of 20th-Century American Art 68.053
The subject and title of this painting derive from the artist’s interpretation of a shadow cast by a telephone pole. The work also evokes the more general notion of opposite poles, with a compositional emphasis at the top and bottom. The white areas represent the pole, and the black indicates the shadow. The expansive white shapes, which seem to go beyond the limits of the canvas, highlight the clean borders between elements. Characteristic of the style known as hard-edge painting, this work emphasizes flatness and intentionally avoids the effect of spatial relationships between forms.(November 17, 2000 – March 4, 2001)
The Albert Pilavin CollectionTwentieth-Century American Art. Bulletin of Rhode Island School of Design Museum Notes
Contributions byRobbins, Daniel
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1969
TypeExhibition CatalogueSelected Works
Edited ByWoolsey, Ann, ed.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 2008
TypeMonographs and CollectionsA Handbook of the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design
Edited ByWoodward, Carla M., and Franklin W. Robinson, eds.
Publisher & DateMuseum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, 1988
TypeMonographs and Collections