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and at Kasmin in London. He has had one-man shows at Bennington, in 1961, and at the Jewish Museum in New York in 1965. He was a featured artist in the American pavilion at the 32nd Venice Biennale in 1964; he won the International Di Tella prize in Buenos Aires the same year. In 1965 he received a Brandeis University Creative Arts Award.

Like a number of other painters who stain paint into unsized canvas, Noland works on the floor, laying out the design with pencil and straight edge, and then painting with brush or roller. Afterwards he cuts out the diamond or other shape, rolls up the canvas, and ships it to New York where it is stretched, and finally appears as he conceived it.

His earlier circles and chevrons have given way to schemes of parallel bands of color, contained in long rectangles or diamonds. His sensibility seems very abstract, but it is closely tied to the involvement in nature which his living in Vermont partly implies. His rich and inventive colorism echoes his sharp eye for the nuance of nature.
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