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Blue, 1966

William Turnbull

English, 1922-
Lithograph
Paper: 22 x 22 in. (55.9 x 55.9 cm.)
Norton Simon Museum, Anonymous Gift, 1967
P.1967.20.238
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A pioneer of abstraction in Britain after World War II, the Scottish–born sculptor and painter William Turnbull was one of the international artists who were invited to work at Tamarind Lithography Workshop. Turnbull worked at Tamarind twice. His first visit took place in 1961, when he created two lithographs that dealt with the textural and natural forms he was experimenting with in his early career. By the time of his second visit to Los Angeles in 1966, he was working in fiberglass and steel and painting fields of pure color. His preoccupation with a reduction in geometry, materials and the basic elements of art making reflects a growing concern with stillness and silence. The suite of six lithographs he created during his later fellowship to Tamarind builds on these interests through sparse compositions and unmodulated fields of color.


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