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    Artist Name:

    Al Held

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    American, 1928-2005


    Flemish IX




    Acrylic on canvas


    72 x 60 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and Edith G. and Philip A. Rhodes

    Accession Number:



    © 2017 Al Held Foundation, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

    On View - Stent Family Wing, Skyway Level, Gallery 404
    The title Flemish IX refers to Al Held’s fascination with early Flemish painting, especially that of Jan van Eyck, with its sharp focus realism, precision, and construction of coherent spaces drawn in perspective. Held creates a contradictory structure by projecting geometric solids from several different vantage points, with multiple foci and ambiguous spatial relationships. In Held’s words, “a dozen absolute truths exist in the same space and time.”

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