Lawrence Calcagno

American, b. 1913, San Francisco, California; d. 1993, State College, Pennsylvania
Lawrence Calcagno


Unlike many of his Abstract Expressionist peers who sought to abandon natural representation, Calcagno’s art abstractly recalls the natural elements of landscapes. Red-Black is divided into two sections. The topmost canvas consists of horizontal hues of red differentiated by brushstrokes while a thin, black canvas rests at the bottom. A shadow is casted by the canvases in the empty space between the two sections. While Red-Black recalls an impression of a sun setting, Calcagno’s work also creates a commentary on illusionary and pictorial space in the exchanges between color, light, and shadow.



Lawrence Calcagno, Red Black


Title: Red-Black
Date: 1967
Medium: oil and acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: Upper Panel: 57.7 x 98 x 3 inches; Lower Panel: 11.75 x 98 x 36 inches
Accession Number: P68.1.2
Location: North Concourse









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