UntitledArtist(s)Alan ShieldsArtist NationalityAmerican (North American)Object Creation Date1971Medium & Supportmixed media with lithography on paperDimensions
26 1/8 in x 26 1/4 in (66.36 cm x 66.68 cm)Credit LineGift of Eugene K. CollinsSubject matter
Alan Shields began his artistic career towards the end of the Minimalist movement of the 1960s. He quickly became well known for his vibrant colors, unique combinations of media, and experimental techniques. Often creating three-dimensional paintings which incorporated various unconventional materials and sewn elements, Shields' work drew inspiration from celestial imagery such as constellations and mandalas. In this double-sided work, these influences are incorporated in the geometric patterns the artist has sewn into the work. Geometric shapes appear to be floating in abstracted space and alternate dimensions, giving this work the ethereal and mystical quality for which he is known.Physical Description
This work is a double sided, mixed-media creation. One side is dominated by a large grey form in the shape of an upside down house. At the top, brightly colored strips of paper are woven into the grey area. The lower half of the background is a bright yellow and deep purple. Around the edges, geometric squares and circles of red, orange, green, and blue have been stamped in ink. Thin lines form circular and hexagonal shapes in the lower corners as well. The reverse side shows a black and grey checkerboard pattern, overlaid with geometric shapes in the upper portion in blues, oranges, yellows, reds, and greens. There are also dark semi-circles forming a border around the image. Stitching cuts across the work, in a large "U" shape, reach down towards the bottom of edge of the work.Primary Object ClassificationMixed MediaAdditional Object Classification(s)PrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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