Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Reed, 96, Abstract Artist

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Paul Reed, 96, Abstract Artist

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Paul Reed, the last surviving member of the Washington Color School, who explored the complexities of color and form in vibrant and hard-edge abstract paintings, died Sept. 26 at his home in Phoenix. He was 96.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Jean Reed Roberts.

Mr. Reed acquired his public identity as an artist when he was included, along with Gene Davis, Kenneth Noland, Morris Louis, Thomas Downing and Howard Mehring, in "The Washington Color Painters," a landmark traveling exhibition that began at the Washington Gallery of Modern Art in 1965.

All of the other painters had been shown, the year before, in "Post-Painterly Abstraction," a 31-artist exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art organized by the critic Clement Greenberg in an attempt to write a new chapter in the historic march of abstract art.

Like his fellow Washington artists, Mr. Reed rejected the hot, gestural approach of Abstract Expressionism and explored color and abstract forms in a cooler mode. …

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