Al Held

Born in 1928 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Painter Al Held was born in New York City. During the 1950s painted in the abstract expressionist manner. From 1960 he adopted a more geometric style, painting complex cube-like structures with heavy impasto paint. In the 1980s Al Held turned to acrylic paints, rendering precise and brightly coloured geometric forms in a deep perspectival space.

Al Held was particularly well known for his large scale Hard-edge paintings. As an artist, multiple stylistic changes occurred throughout his career, however, none of these occurred at the same time as any popular emerging style or acted against a particular art form.

In the 1950s his style reflected the abstract expressionist tone and then transitioned to a geometric style in the 60s. During the 1980s there was a shift into acrylic painting that emphasized bright geometric space that’s deepness reflected infinity. From 1962 to 1980 Al Held was a professor of art at Yale University.

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EXHIBITIONS

SOLO SHOWS

2013
Al Held: Alphabet Paintings - Cheim & Read, New York City, NY
2012
Black and White 1967 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
2011
Al Held - Paintings 1959 - Craig F. Starr Gallery, New York City, NY
2010
Al Held - Concrete Abstraction - Ameringer | McEnery | Yohe , New York City, NY
2008
Al Held - Paintings 1989 - 1993 - Waddington Custot Galleries, London
Al Held - Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York City, NY
Al Held - Watercolors - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Al Held: The Evolution of Style - College of the Arts - California State University, Long Beach, CA
2006
In memory of Al Held (1928-2005) - Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich
Al Held - American abstract expressionist painter, 1928-2005 - J.Johnson Gallery, Jacksonville Beach, FL
2005
Al Held - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
2004
Expanding Universe - The Recent Paintings of Al Held - University of Maine Museum of Arts - UMMA, Bangor, ME
2003
Al Held - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
Expanding Universe: The Recent Paintings of Al Held - Boston University Art Gallery - BUAG, Boston, MA
Expanding Universe: The Recent Paintings of Al Held - Reed College, Portland, OR
2000
Al Held - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
1993
Al Held: The Italian Watercolors - Krannert Art Museum, Champaign, IL
Al Held : watercolors and acrylics - Landau Fine Art Inc., Montreal, QC
1992
Al Held - new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1991
Al Held : the Italian watercolors - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
Al Held : paintings 1990 - Wetterling Gallery, Stockholm
1990
Al Held : new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
Al Held : After Paris, 1953-1955 - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
1989
Al Held : recent paintings - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Al Held - new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1988
Al Held watercolors - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1987
Al Held, new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1986
Al Held, drawings 1980-1986 - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1985
Al Held - new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1984
Al Held - Richard Gray Gallery - Chicago, Chicago, IL
Al Held : drawings from 1976 - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
Al Held : Zeichnungen von 1976 - Gimpel & Hanover Galerie, Zurich
1983
Al Held - new paintings - Donald Morris Gallery, Inc., New York City, NY
1982
Al Held - Recent Paintings - Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1980
Al Held - Quadrat Bottrop - Josef Albers Museum, Bottrop
Al Held - Recent Paintings - Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1978
Al Held : new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1977
Al Held - Paintings and Drawings - Annely Juda Fine Art, London
1973
Al Held, new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1972
Al Held, new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1971
Al Held, recent paintings - Donald Morris Gallery, Inc., New York City, NY
1970
Al Held : Galerie Renée Ziegler - Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich
Al Held : new paintings - André Emmerich Gallery, New York City, NY
1969
Al Held: Recent Paintings - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
1968
Al Held, recent paintings - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Al Held - The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Al Held - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
1966
Al Held - Stedelijk Museum CS, Amsterdam


GROUP SHOWS

2015
Patterns for Abstraction - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2014
Al Held + Robert Mangold: B/W to Color - The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Green Circle, Black Diamond - Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
Summer Group Exhibition: Part I - Van Doren Waxter, New York City, NY
Full Spectrum 1860-2014 - James Graham & Sons, New York City, NY
Winter Group Show - David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2013
Galen at The Galen - Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
highways and byways. together again - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
Totally 80s: Gifts to the Permanent Collection - Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Shifting Planes - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
Dna: Strands Of Abstraction - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
My Echo My Shadow - Gavlak, Palm Beach, FL
2012
Abstract Drawings - Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC
Post War American Art - David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
2011
Contemporary Drawings from the Irving Stenn Jr. Collection - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s - Telfair Academy of Arts & Sciences, Savannah, GA
2010
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s - Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art - The University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Artists at Max’s Kansas City, 1965-1974 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Group Show Summer 2010 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art since the 1960s - San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Group Show 2010 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
2009
Pearlstein/Held - Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York City, NY
Circa 1959 - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Pop to Present - Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Artists in Their Studios - Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
Geometry as Image - Russell Bowman Art Advisory, Chicago, IL
Personal Geometry - Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City, NY
2008
Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Moderní a povále?né um?ní, sou?asné um?ní, fotografie - galerie 5. patro, Prague
GEOMETRY AS IMAGE - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
New York Cool: Paintings and Sculptures from the NYU Art Collection - Grey Art Gallery, NYU, New York City, NY
Die Hände der Kunst - MARTa Herford, Herford
Paradigms and the Unexpected: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Shey Collection - Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Sensory Overload: Light, Motion, Sound and the Optical in Art Since 1945 - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Arp to Reinhardt: Rose Geometries - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Moderní a povále?né um?ní, sou?asné um?ní, fotografie - Leica Gallery LGP, Prague
2007
Inaugural Exhibition of New Space - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Black & White and a little red... - David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI
What Is Painting? - Contemporary Art from the Collection - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
Grand Gestures: The Gordon F. Hampton Collection - College of the Arts - California State University, Long Beach, CA
Anniversary - Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City, NY
Group Show - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
2006
Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. Die Kunst zweier Städte - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Black & Blue - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
Outside Europe - Stadtgalerie Kiel, Kiel
2005
Outside Europe - Aus der Sammlung DaimlerChrysler - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
In Black and White - Lori Bookstein Fine Art, New York City, NY
2004
Kleinformate und Originalgraphik - Galerie Renée Ziegler, Zurich
New Prints 2004/Autumn - International Print Center New York, New York City, NY
Minimalism and After III - Neuerwerbungen / New Aquisitions - Daimler Contemporary, Berlin
Geometric Abstraction & Beyond - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Ground - Field - Surface - Robert Miller Gallery, New York City, NY
Watercolor Worlds - Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs (DGCP), New York City, NY
Under $2,000 Albers < Zaugg - Brooke Alexander Editions, New York City, NY
2003
Classic Works From the 1960s - Loretta Howard Gallery, New York City, NY
Black White - Danese, New York City, NY
Guest Art. Das Kunsthaus mit Leihgaben zu Gast - ewz-Unterwerk Selnau, Zurich
Painting Explosion - 1958 1963, Part I - Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
2002
Al Held & George Sugarman - The Early Sixties - Washburn Gallery, New York City, NY
Group Exhibition - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Plotting: An Exhibition Of Studies - Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL
2001
Au rendez-vous des amis (La ligne seule) 2 - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
A defining generation. Then and Now. 1961 and 2001 - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Early Modern Art - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Drawing & Painting - Van Doren Waxter, New York City, NY
2000
Ligne(s) de conduite - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Paintings & Works on Paper - Van Doren Waxter, New York City, NY
1999
Primed & Unprimed: Paintings from 60s and 70s - Greenberg Van Doren Gallery, New York City, NY
Alchemies of the Sixties. From the Rose Art Museum Permanent Collection - Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
1998
Le droit de rêver - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Constructing Structure - Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL
1995
L'art concret aujourd'hui - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
Au rendez-vous des amis, coll. A. L'H. - Mamco - musée d´art moderne et contemporain, Geneva
Quel est le rapport entre l’art concret et les objets usuels de la tradition paysanne provençale? - Espace de l’art concret, Mouans Sartoux
1993
In a classical vein : works from the permanent collection - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Spheres of influence - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
The Usual Suspects - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1992
The William S. Paley Collection - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
Al Held/Milton Resnick: 1955-1965 - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1990
Large Works on Paper - Fine Arts Building, Baltimore, MD
1989
Abstract Expressionism - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1988
20th century drawings : from the Whitney Museum of American Art - Whitney Museum of American Art - Fairfield County, Stamford, CT
Abstract Work From The 1950s - Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
1985
Contrasts of Form: Geometric Abstract Art 1910-1980 - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1984
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Labor Intensive Abstraction: An Exhibition of Highly Detailed Abstract Paintings and Drawings - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), Tokyo
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Ithaca, NY
Constructivism And The Geometric Tradition: Selections From The Mccrory Corp. Collection - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - IMA, Indianapolis, IN
1983
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH
Language, Drama, Source & Vision - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
Twentieth-Century Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Selected Recent Acqui - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - New Orleans Museum of Art NOMA, New Orleans, LA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX
Abstract Painting: 1960–69 - MoMA PS1, New York City, NY
1982
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
In Our Time: Houston’s Contemporary Arts Museum 1948–1982 - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Surveying the seventies - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1981
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
Whitney Biennial 1981 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1980
American Drawing in Black and White: 1970-1980 - Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York City, NY
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburg, PA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego - MCASD La Jolla, La Jolla, CA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - San Francisco Museum of Modern Art - SFMOMA, San Francisco, CA
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX
1979
Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection - Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
The 1970s: New American Painting - New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York City, NY
1977
documenta 6 - Documenta, Kassel
André Emmerich zu Gast bei Brusberg - Eine Galerie zu Gast - Galerie Brusberg - Hannover, Hannover
1976
New York in Europa - Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin
Peinture américaine en Suisse, 1950-1965 - MAH - Musée d'art et d'histoire, Geneva
1973
Whitney Biennial 1973 - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1968
documenta 4 - Documenta, Kassel
1967
1967 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
Frank O'Hara, In Memory of my Feelings - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1965
Held Kelly Mattmüller Noland Olitski Pfahler Plumb Turnbull - Kunsthalle Basel, Basel
1964
Post painterly abstraction - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
Post painterly abstraction - Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN
Post painterly abstraction - Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
American Paintings and Sculpture 67th Annual - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1963
Annual exhibition 1963 - Contemporary American painting - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1962
Geometric abstraction in America : March - Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City, NY
1960
The Mysterious Sign - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London

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