(1928 - 2005)
Al Held was active/lived in New York / Italy. Al Held is known for geometric abstract painting.
Painted by Alex Katz (1976)
Biography Al Held
An abstract oil painter often using large, geometric forms with aggressive coloration, Al Held became a major figure in the New York art scene in the later part of the 20th century. His work is stark, usually large-scale, and much of its "in-your-face" forcefulness reflects his desire to bridge the division between viewers and his paintings.
He was born as Alvin Jacob Held in Brooklyn and grew up there and in the Bronx during Depression times when his Polish-Jewish family had a hard time financially. He was asked to leave high school because of chronic in-attendance, so he joined the Navy in 1945 and served for two years.
He began associating with people interested in "leftist" politics and art and attended the Art Students Le
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