b. 1928, USA

Al Held Biography

Born in Brooklyn, artist Al Held dropped out of high school and joined the Navy at 17, serving from 1945–1947. In 1948 he studied at the Art Students League in New York, and from 1951–1953 invoked the G.I. Bill to attend the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Held returned to New York at the height of Abstract Expressionism and its related philosophical discourse, in which he took part. However, the genesis of his later work was already forming; as he said at the time: 'I want to give abstract expressionism structure.' Characterised by the intellectual rigor with which he approached his work, Held was ultimately a painter of ideas.

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Al Held’s work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Steledjik Museum in Amsterdam.

Al Held Featured Artworks

Apogee by Al Held contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Al Held Apogee, 1994 Acrylic on canvas
152.4 x 304.8 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
Padua II by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held Padua II, 1981 Acrylic on canvas
213.4 x 213.4 cm
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The I by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held The "I", 1965 Acrylic on canvas
274.3 x 193 cm
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Volta X by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held Volta X, 1978 Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
Vorcex II by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held Vorcex II, 1984 Acrylic on canvas
213.4 x 213.4 cm
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VORCEX VI by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held VORCEX VI, 1987 Acrylic on canvas
108 x 108 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held UNTITLED, 1950–1952 Oil on canvas
50.8 x 61 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al Held UNTITLED, 1959 Oil and collage on paper mounted on canvas
101.6 x 111.8 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery

Al Held Recent Exhibitions

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Al Held Represented By

White Cube contemporary art gallery in Mason's Yard, London, United Kingdom
White Cube Hong Kong, London, New York, Paris, West Palm Beach

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