Kenneth Noland and Diane Waldman in conversation with Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel

(from the series About the Arts)
USA, 1977, 28’, E (without subtitles) , © 2007, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Video Archive, David M. Rubenstein Rare Books & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Kenneth Noland, a pioneer of Colour Field painting, consistently relinquished the idea of representational imagery in his paintings. He is famous for his circle and stripe paintings. In a 1973 sequence shown at the outset of the film, we see Noland in his atelier preoccupied with one of his shaped canvas paintings. The conversation was recorded in 1977 on the occasion of the first major retrospective of Noland’s work curated by Diane Waldman at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. With her 1970s TV series “About the Arts”, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel was one of the initiators of a television format that gave artists a media platform on a scale usually reserved for politicians and business leaders.

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