Al Loving

American, b. 1935, Detroit, Michigan; d. 2005, New York, New York
Al Loving


Al Loving moved to New York in 1968 where he developed a style of abstracted geometry that captured national attention. One year later, Loving was the first Black artist to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art.  Spanning across fifty-five feet, New Morning I explores spatial illusions with a series of parallelograms painted in juxtaposed hues that appear to recede or advance depending on the spectator’s physical location. Around the time of New Morning I’s completion, Loving transitioned away from geometric abstraction in order to explore a more personal mode of expression and creation through tearing and reconstructing canvases together.

New Morning I


Alvin Loving, New Morning I


Title: New Morning I
Date: 1973
Medium: acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 89.75 x 650 inches
Accession Number: P72.1.1
Location: South Concourse


Empire State Plaza Art Collection


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