Ad Reinhardt. Post Cubist Abstractionist. Ad Reinhardt was born Adolf Dietrich Frederick Reinhardt on December 13, 1913 in Buffalo, New York. He studied art history at Columbia and the American Artist’s School throughout the 1930’s.
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Post Cubist Abstractionist
As a pioneer of “hard-edge” painting, he would limit his work to a single color, moving from red to blue and eventually to his final series of black paintings.
Reinhardt was brought up with socialist parents and he belonged to a left-wing artist’s union. He was an advocate for art being separate from social, political, and literary subjects. His work is mainly strong geometric structure, categorized as “rhythmic post-cubic abstractions.”
He was a talented cartoonist as well as a serious student of oriental art. Although Reinhardt applied his paint with brushes, he was careful to leave no marks or visible signs of his instrument. Respected by minimalists, his work was called powerfully hypnotic.
“Only emptiness, complete consciousness, disinterestedness”-is the way he characterized his understanding of the essence art. From 1953 until his death in 1967 he painted nothing but black paintings.