abstract image in orange, yellow, white and blue pigments; orange background with three blue circular shapes on left, center and right; long, thin white shapes placed diagonally and intersecting at center; trapezoidal yellow shapes behind blue circles; yellow rectangle on right

© Estate of Herbert Ferber

Untitled, 1971

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Completed in 1971, this untitled acrylic painting on paper is characteristic of Herbert Ferber’s mature painting style, which commonly features interlocking geometric forms that display an inner tension or force. Perhaps not surprisingly, Ferber’s paintings share many of the formal characteristics found among his abstract sculptures. Here, Ferber depicts what is essentially a fully-realized sculpture set within an indeterminate space. Composed of various trapezoids, spheres (some hollowed), and linear shapes in yellow, dark blue, and white, the colored sculptural elements are made visually prominent when set against a brilliant orange background. The work’s spatial tension is further accentuated by the contrasting colors of the various interlocking elements.

Details
Title
Untitled
Artist Life
1906–1991
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2018.104.13
Provenance
The artist, New York: (André Emmerich Gallery, New York); (Knoedler & Co., New York, sold to Mersky April 2005); Robert B. Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2018.
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abstract image in orange, yellow, white and blue pigments; orange background with three blue circular shapes on left, center and right; long, thin white shapes placed diagonally and intersecting at center; trapezoidal yellow shapes behind blue circles; yellow rectangle on right

© Estate of Herbert Ferber

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