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Ohlson, Douglocked

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American, 20th century, male.

Born 1936, in Cherokee (Iowa).

Painter.

Minimal Art.

Doug Ohlson settled in New York. He paints in the specifically American style of Minimalist art. Painting and sculpture are no longer representation or expression, but are defined solely by the reality of their constituent materials: surfaces or volumes, materials, colours, all limited to their basic structures: regular and simple geometrical surfaces or volumes, pure, flat colours. The works are often large, so that the viewer is totally taken over by the clear and basic simplicity of the plastic proposition and is not distracted by any foreign and marginal phenomenon. A single element may be repeated several times - a frequent procedure with Doug Ohlson - to accentuate the effect. The spectator is confronted only by the concrete reality of the object, reduced to its essentials, isolated from all possible connotations, similarities, meaning or feelings....

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