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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

Padua III by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldPadua III, 1981Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 121.9 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
The I by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldThe "I", 1965Acrylic on canvas
274.3 x 193 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
Volta X by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldVolta X, 1978Acrylic on canvas
182.9 x 152.4 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
Vorcex II by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldVorcex II, 1984Acrylic on canvas
213.4 x 213.4 cm
White Cube Contact Gallery
VORCEX VI by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldVORCEX VI, 1987Acrylic on canvas
108 x 108 inches
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldUNTITLED, 1950–1952Oil on canvas
50.8 x 61 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
UNTITLED by Al Held contemporary artwork painting
Al HeldUNTITLED, 1959Oil and collage on paper mounted on canvas
101.6 x 111.8 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery

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

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