PaintingPermanent Collection

Michael Venezia

(1935 -)

Untitled NM970, 1999

acrylic, oil, metallic, pearlescent medium on wood

2 1/2 in. x 88 1/4 in. x 2 1/4 in.

Michael Venezia (born 1935 in Brooklyn, NY) is an american artist based in Brooklyn, NY and Trevi, IT. He is widely considered to have played a major role in the renewal of painting in the 1960s. Back then Venezia shared the opinion that routine and narcissism had become predominant in Abstract Expressionism, tendencies which they aimed to overcome and transcend. At the end of the 1960s Michael Venezia thus discovered the spray-paint gun as an adequate means to leave behind the gestural and handwritten touch of the brushstroke. Another important step was the reduction of the picture plane to a long narrow wooden bar.


Untitled NM 970


[description:] thin rectangular wood. The piece is divided into four colors unively. The colors are yellow, green, red and purple in that order from left to right. The smallest space covered is green.

Gift of Higgins, James S. and Marisol G