Washington becomes a classroom for its Color School

Critical Eye

April 15, 2007|By Glenn McNatt | Glenn McNatt,Sun Art Critic

Swirls of color, limpid washes of pigment that jump out and envelop the viewer, eye-popping stripes that seem to march across the canvas to a syncopated, ragtime beat.

For a brief, shining moment in the 1960s, Washington stood with New York on the cutting edge of contemporary American painting. Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Gene Davis and a handful of others who collectively came to be known as the Washington Color School not only launched the first modern art movement created in the nation's capital, but won the kind of enthusiastic critical acclaim previously reserved for artists in the Big Apple.

COLORFIELD.REMIX / / For information about this D.C. celebration of the Washington Color School, go to colorfieldremix.org.

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