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A Space for Dialogue 84

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July 2014

Colorful Squares: Vehicles of Artistic Ideas

Xinyue Guo ’14, Kathryn Conroy Intern

Published by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

2014, 2 pages

While the use of squares as decorative elements can be traced back to the geometric patterns on Greek pottery in 700 B.C.E., the square did not become a dominant compositional element in paintings until the twentieth century. The simplicity and regularity of the square, as both surface and compositional element, might be seen to restrict freedom of representation; however, some artists found that through nuanced coloring, shading, and positioning of squares they were able to convey ideas without distracting the viewer with complicated forms. This installation explores the use of the square in paintings during the 1960s and 1970s to illustrate the range of effects produced through this simple geometric form.

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