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Gilport G IV

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Paul Reed
acrylic on canvas
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Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Vincent Melzac)
This diptych, or two-part painting, is one in a series of shaped color field paintings by Washington Color School artist, Paul Reed. In Gilport G IV, two trapezoidal canvases face each other to form a hexagon. Each canvas features a greenish-brown rectangle at the center of each panel’s long edge. Above and below the rectangle, reds blend into blue and green poured bands of acrylic paint. Subtle differences between the two halves, achieved by layering complementary colors and allowing stains of paint to bleed together, offers contrast with the hard edges of the geometric shapes. The unconventional structure of the canvases necessitated nailing each half directly on the wall, drawing attention to the urgency of color relationships in this work.
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