White Cube Hong Kong Spotlights Iconic Abstract Artist Al Held in New Show

Displaying the legendary artist’s hard-edged abstraction across diverse paintings.

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White Cube Hong Kong will be hosting the first Asia exhibition of late legendary artist, Al Held. Entitled “Modern Maverick,” the momentous showcase will display significant works on paper and diverse paintings from Held’s prolific oeuvre. The American expressionist painter was widely-recognized for championing hard-edge abstraction in his compositions. One of the highlighted bodies of work includes the artist’s geometric works from his ‘Luminous Construct’ series — inspired by the perspective and illusionism of Renaissance painting, as per a statement.

“Throughout his life, Al Held relentlessly pursued a goal to test the limits of abstract painting. At White Cube Hong Kong, we are presenting a detailed visual narrative of these developments that begins with Held’s roots in Modernist Abstraction and concludes with his transformation into a post-Modern rascal who turned away from Modernist traditions,” said John Good, Director of Artists’ Estates at White Cube.

View archival images and select works in the slideshow above. “Modern Maverick” will go on view at White Cube’s Hong Kong space starting November 21.

For more abstract-inclined works, take a look at our latest ‘Pen & Paper’ feature with Brooklyn-based artist Efdot.

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#AlHeld was born #onthisday in 1928. Paintings by Al feature in ‘Encounters I’, a group show celebrating the 125th anniversary of the #AmericanAcademy in #Rome. Through the work of eight artists, the exhibition traces the impact of the city of Rome on American culture. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘Modern Maverick’, the artist’s first exhibition with the gallery, opens at #WhiteCube #HongKong on 22 November. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Image: Al Held, ‘Padua II’, 1981 © the artist. Photo © Christopher Burke, New York Courtesy White Cube

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