Hard Edge painting, which I really consider a subset of Minimalism more than anything else, can be difficult to grasp emotionally. Are these works about borders? Is it about the stark contrast between zones? Is it merely the intrusion of graphic design into High Art? Is it just painters who have straight-edges laying around they wanted an excuse to use? Any of these are possible, and Albers, who is far more important as the teacher of Ruth Asawa and Cy Twombley than an artist in his own right, produced some of the more interesting Hard Edge paintings, and this one, this is golden.
The point here is not the square; the point is the lack of gradation. There is one color, a gentle almost mustard yellow, and then a brash, bold, in your face yellow, the color of Safeway mustard. There are these two feelings that this work is trying to bring about - a calm and a frenzied, a quiet and a loud. It does them both, completely depending on who is viewing it.
Christopher J Garcia - Curator, Fan Writer, Podcaster, and a guy who just loves art.