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Hard-edge painting is a form of painting in which abrupt transitions are found between color areas, while the color areas are generally of a single block color. This form of painting is related to various other art-forms like Geometric Abstraction, Op Art, Color-Field Painting and Post-painterly Abstraction. The name was first used by writer and art critic Jules Langsner in 1959, along with Peter Selz. They used it to describe the painting done by California painters who started a new form of art in answer to the more traditional painting methods used in Abstract Expressionism.

The Hard-edge painting movement started in the late 1950s when Langsner and Selz, John McLaughlin, Lorser Feitelson, Karl Benjamin, Frederick Hammersley, and Feitelson’s wife, Helen Lundeberg met and discussed a potential exhibition for this art style. The exhibition was titled ‘Four Abstract Classicists’ and opened in 1959 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Langsner was the curator of the exhibition. When the exhibition moved to England and Ireland, British art critic and curator used the term California Hard-edge in lieu of Four Abstract Classicists. This catapulted the broader use of the term hard-edge and after that it was used to describe contemporary American geometric abstraction paintings featuring, “Economy of form” and “Fullness of Color” among others aspects.

Some of the famous artists associated with hard-edge painting include Ronald Davis, Gene Davis, Ludwig Sander, Bridget Riley, Agnes Martin and Kenneth Noland.


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