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Arabian Night [3/67] is one of six paintings made in 1967 using a Y-shaped canvas. Moon began to experiment with shaped canvases in 1964 when he made a series of eight paintings on triangular supports. Although British artists such as Richard Smith and Joe Tilson had previously experimented with shaped canvases, Moon’s minimalist works are more akin to American hard-edge abstract art as seen in the stripe paintings of Frank Stella and Kenneth Noland.

May 2007