T00898 Gift 1961-2
Inscribed on the stretcher '"GIFT" 1962', 'Top' with an arrow, and 'KENNETH NOLAND'; and on the back of the canvas "'Clement's Gift" | 1962 | Kenneth Noland'
Acrylic on canvas, 72 x 72 (183 x 183)
Presented by the artist through the American Federation of Arts 1966
Prov: Clement Greenberg, New York (gift from the artist); the artist
Exh: XXXII Biennale, Venice, June-October 1964 (USA 17, repr.), lent by Clement Greenberg; Kenneth Noland, Jewish Museum, New York, February-March 1965 (19, repr.)
Repr: Ronald Alley, Recent American Art (London 1969), pl.16; The Tate Gallery (London 1969), p.188; Terry Measham, The Moderns 1945-1975 (Oxford 1976), pl.55 in colour
The artist originally gave this painting to his friend Clement Greenberg, the art critic, and later obtained it back in exchange for another work so that it could be presented to the Tate.
According to the artist's wife, it was painted in the winter of 1961-2 and finished early in 1962 (letter of 3 July 1967).
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.563, reproduced p.563