Ad Reinhardt  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Adolph Dietrich Friedrich Reinhardt ("Ad" Reinhardt) (December 24, 1913August 30, 1967) was a painter, writer, and pioneer of conceptual and minimal art. He was also a critic of abstract expressionism. He is perhaps best known for his near monochrome work Abstract Painting No. 5.

Reinhardt's earliest exhibited paintings avoided representation, but show a steady progression away from objects and external reference. His work progressed from compositions of geometrical shapes in the 40s to works in different shades of the same color (all red, all blue, all white) in the 50s.

Reinhardt is best known for his so-called "black" paintings of the 1960s.

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