WILLIAM PEREHUDOFF, R.C.A.
Newzones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary
Private Collection, Alberta
William Perehudoff’s late career saw a return to the hard-edged modernism he practiced in the late 1950s and 1960s (see lot 8), while integrating the lessons learned from his later experimentations with more complex, organic colours. Bold, hard-edged bars and jutting rectangular forms floated on ethereal, monochrome backgrounds, recalling the sustained influence of Kenneth Noland on the artist while also harkening to early modernist painting, in particular Russian Constructivism. This can be readily seen in this work. Rendered in clear and lively colour, piled up on each other and fanning out from the seams, blocks and strips are set in a dense and dynamic composition. The background of stained taupe recalls the washed-out backgrounds found in his work of the 1970s, and creates a spacious ground for the quietly frenetic foreground arrangement. AC-00-5 is a synthesis of Perehudoff’s career, the result of decades of practice and a continued dedication to Colour Field painting.