T01448 Crest 1966
Inscribed 'Howard | Mehring | "Crest" 1966' on back of canvas
Acrylic on canvas, 84 1/4 x 75 1/8 (213.7 x 190.8)
Presented by Mrs Nesta Dorrance through the American Federation of Arts 1974
Prov: Mrs Nesta Dorrance, Washington, DC (from the artist)
Lit: 'Artists on their Art: Howard Mehring' in Art International, XII, 20 March 1968, p.52
Howard Mehring has written the following statement on his work, dated March 1968 (printed in full in Art International, loc. cit.):
'Since 1959 I have been concerned with the problem of using color in rhythm. From 1959 to 1960 the dot of color was used in rhythm with an all-over image, often minimal as in the white and pastel paintings of that period. In 1961 I began using geometric images expressed through areas of small fused color dots. From 1961 to 1966 the images were symmetrical, using back-to-back E's or L's, for example. The 1962 paintings used squares and chevron shapes. The new work is tending to be less symmetrical and it is rhythmical in an on-beat, off-beat sense.'
He added (letter of 20 April 1975) that this particular painting, which was originally known as 'Crimson', should be hung as an inverted T. 'A rather long series was painted. Each one involved different color experiments, usually with a black or dark blue base ... later in more complex arrangements. A smaller series (like "Crest") involved dark base[arrow to right]color "overtone" (reds)[arrow to right]overtone on color (blue and green in "Crest") usually thinner "L" shapes like a cord above (Charlie Parker and T. Monk).'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.507, reproduced p.507