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Painting #231

Painting #231

Artist: Ed Garman (1914 Bridgeport, Connecticut - 2004 Imperial Beach, California)

Department: Art
Date: 1941
Medium: oil on panel
Dimensions:
Canvas: 24 × 24 in. (61 × 61 cm)
Frame: 25 1/2 × 25 1/2 × 1 1/2 in. (64.8 × 64.8 × 3.8 cm)
Classification: Painting
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, gift of Trell Garman
Object number: PC1988.70.1
Descriptiona central yellow circle filled with concentric patterns of various shapes and shades of yellow, orange, green, blue, and red sits in front of other non-circular geometric shapes in shades of purple, blue, green, and red
Not on view
Label Text:While working as an archaeologist cleaning Pueblo Indian potsherds, Ed Garman became fascinated with the designs found on irregularly shaped pieces of broken pottery. This led him to Albuquerque’s modernist painter Raymond Jonson, and Garman quickly joined the ranks of his converts to an art of pure abstraction. Garman’s works display geometric forms with crisp edges painted in bright colors. He was not interested in abstract mysticisms, but was a very practical, down-to-earth artist. He wrote an art historical biography of Jonson and his work, underscoring the close relationship between the two artists.
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