Kenneth Noland Gallery
The Kenneth Noland Gallery opened at the Greenville Museum of Art in 2002. Kenneth Noland was considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He was born in Asheville, N.C. in 1924. His artist talents were first nurtured by his mother, an amateur pianist, and his father, a Sunday painter. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he returned home to attend the renowned experimental college at Black Mountain, N.C. It was there (1946-1948) that he was initiated into nonobjective abstract painting by Ilya Bolotowsky and Joserf Albers. His initial breakthrough came in in the late 1950s when he began to locate the center of concentric rings at the center of square canvases. Sometimes referred to as "targets", he uses this motif not as a way of expressing an ironic equivalence between the painting and a real object (such as a target), but as a container for precisely judged relationship of hues. Kenneth Noland passed away in 2009 at his home in Maine.