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Francis CELENTANO (1928-2016)

Diamond Purple Progression

acrylic on canvas

127 x 127cm


Francis Celentano (1928-2016) was a leading American abstract artist, whose work spanned hardedge, geometrical and color theory painting. His work was featured in many of the defining exhibitions of the 1960s-1970s, including the landmark Responsive Eye exhibition in 1965 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Kinetic and Optical Art Today at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York and at the Whitney Annual. During the 1960s, the pioneering New York gallery of Howard Wise represented Celentano, who left Manhattan in the late 1960s for a professorship at the School of Art at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he remained until his retirement in 1997. His work was featured in Extreme Abstraction at the Albright-Knox Gallery and Optic Nerve at the Museum of Art in Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, the Hallie Ford Museum in Salem, Oregon organized a retrospective of his work. Pictures by Celentano are featured in many museums and institutions, including MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Stedelijk Museum, and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Buenos Aires, Argentina.