Chronology MMoCA Collects


Hard Edge Painting (1960–1970)

Hard-Edge Painting was a form of abstraction, primarily geometric, that dominated the 1960s in the United States. It assumed an importance previously held in the postwar years by Abstract Expressionism. In contrast to the spontaneous brushwork and free forms of Abstract Expressionism, the new abstraction favored clear-cut and brightly colored compositions. The shape of the canvas, suggesting an object in its own right, was often an equally important design element. Unlike the metaphorical and existential interpretations, Abstract Expressionism—analytic readings of the new American abstraction of the 1960s —favored pure color and form for its own expressive sake.