American, 1926-2003


oil on canvas
signed and dated on the reverse "Dan Rice / 1962"
43 1/2 x 50 1/4 inches

  • Provenance: Private Collection.

    Framed dimensions: 45 1/4 x 51 1/2 x 1 1/2 inches

    "Painting, or any other art form, is not about self-expression. This idea, which has spread somehow, is simply not true. And Abstract Expressionism itself is often thought of as some wild expression of the self, of emotion. This, again, is completely untrue. The last thing a painter thinks of is himself. Painting is truly a means of expressing the ineffable." -Dan Rice

    Dan Rice was a younger member of the New York School. He is considered a lyrical abstract expressionist and a key figure in the 1940s and 1950s at Black Mountain College. In 2014, Black Mountain College Museum hosted a retrospective of his work placing Rice's works in the context of his friends and contemporaries including Willem deKooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and many others.

    From 1943-1945, at just 17 years old, Rice served in the Navy on experimental battleships. After the war, he studied at University of California, Berkeley. He then went to Black Mountain College where he studied and later taught alongside artists including Josef Albers, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg and Robert Motherwell.

    After a decade of teaching at Black Mountain College, Rice became a key figure in the New York School of Abstract Expressionists. From 1956-1973, he exhibited his work in New York City at solo exhibitions hosted by Poindexter Gallery, Stable Gallery and Catherine Viviano Gallery. In addition to painting, Rice stretched canvases and mixed paints for his colleagues. His role as assistant to Mark Rothko, who was also a close friend, is famously depicted in John Logan's play "Red". In 1962 he became an advisor to the estate of Franz Kline and in 1969 an advisor to Rothko's estate.

    Rice was also an accomplished trumpet player and earned a Master's degree in Architecture from M.I.T. in 1953. He used his broad skill set in his artistic practice and worked with Merce Cunningham and John Cage in staging mixed media events.

    After leaving New York, Rice settled in Madison, Connecticut. There, he founded and led a group called the Friday Night Painters and taught painting classes at the New Haven Creative Arts Workshop, the Guilford Handcraft Center and University of Connecticut, Storrs. Today, Rice's paintings can be found in numerous private collections and at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA), Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Connecticut, Princeton University Art Museum in New Jersey and at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut.

    tags: oil painting, abstract expressionist, abstract expressionism, abstract, modern / contemporary, 20th century
  • Condition: In overall excellent condition; unlined canvas; very minor scattered areas of restoration; additional photos available upon request

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