Ad Reinhardt, Abstract Painting, 1960-66

Reinhardt spent the better part of two decades focusing on his “black paintings”, which he called “A free, unmanipulated, unmanipulatable, useless, unmarketable, irreducible, unphotographable, unreproducible, inexplicable icon.”  They represented an antidote to the flashy, overwhelming world of consumer goods that was emerging at the time.