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In reviewing Ad Reinhardt's 1953 exhibition "Recent Paintings" at New York's Betty Parsons Gallery, ARTnews characterized the forty-year-old abstract painter as a "well-entrenched veteran of the increasingly complicated Greenwich Village painters–purgatory." Reinhardt was then associated with such well-known Abstract Expressionist figures as Jackson Pollock and Clyfford Still, but he painted in a distinctly different style. As the canvases in the background of this photograph by Reinhardt's friend and Brooklyn College colleague Walter Rosenblum suggest, his work employed monochromatic fields of color laid out in geometric patterns. In later years, Reinhardt turned from a bright palette to one dominated by darker hues. Because of these paintings and his deep interest in Eastern philosophy, he became known toward the end of his life as the "black monk" of the New York art world.

Walter Rosenblum (born 1919)
Gelatin silver print, 1953
Variant of print published December 1953

ARTnews Collection, New York City
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