Beta lambda | Morris Louis | 1961

Beta lambda | Morris Louis | 1961

Beta lambda | Morris Louis | 1961

Louis Morris leaves the abstract expressionist scene in New York and moves to Washington, where he is obliged to work isolated from any other artistic influence.

Since the 60s, with his artistic partner Kenneth Nolan, they begin to experiment with new types of paints and imprinting processes.

They start with a series called Unfurled, in which they use a new type of paint called magna, a previous version of the modern acrylics, which has extremely bright colors and a fast dry. Evidently, they both work and experiment a lot, because the series ends up summing 140 works.

Beta lambda is an extremely large painting (4 x 2.5m), in which Louis experiments with a curious technique: he curves the canvas to then drip the paint from its borders. Like that, he maximizes the psychological effect of flat color, as there are no brushstrokes; and the borders, asymmetrical and fanciful, are a product of the lack of intervention of the artist in the work.

But so many experiments in his own house were a bad idea: in 1962, due to long exposure to paint vapours, Louis dies of lung cancer.

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~ by Álvaro Mazzino on November 9, 2010.

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