Ad Reinhardt Biography
Birthday: December 24, 1913 (Capricorn)
Born In: Buffalo
Ad Reinhardt, best known for his black paintings, was an American abstract painter born in early twentieth century. Although excellent in studies, art was always his first love and he won many prizes while in school. Later he graduated from Columbia University with art history and began his career in the easel division of the WPA Federal Art Project. His initial works showed cubist influences and exhibited brightly colored hard-edged geometric designs. Later from 1940s, he started adopting rectilinear patterns of small abstract elements, resulting in more tender effect. Then from 1950s, he started concentrating on monochrome painting, slowly graduating into sternly cruciform black painting. Concurrently, he also produced a number of political cartoons and caricatured under varied pseudonyms for number of newspapers and magazines. A radical with far left leanings, he joined many protests. However, he always held that art should be created and interpreted on its own terms and coined the phrase ‘Art as Art’, as against ‘artists as artists’. Later he wrote and lectured extensively on fine arts. Unfortunately, he died at the age of fifty-three, before his full potential could be realized. His estate joined David Zwirner Gallery, New York in 2013.