Kenneth Victor Young (American, 1933-2017) Untitled

Kenneth Victor Young (American, 1933-2017) UntitledKenneth Victor Young (American, 1933-2017) Untitled

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Lot #: 77
Kenneth Victor Young (American, 1933-2017) Untitled

circa 1971. acrylic on cotton canvas.

signed in ink ‘Kenneth V. Young’ (on the overlap).

Literature: Pictured in The Washington Post, Ebony & Ivory: Living in Harmony with Grand Pianos, 1982

Exhibition: Studio Gallery, Washington, D.C., 1972

60 x 60 in.
Acquired directly from the artist.
James Weaver (1937-2020) & Samuel Baker, Rochester, NY formerly of Washington, D.C.
No in-paint or restoration.
Auction Date
Oct 03, 2020


Catalogue Note:

African American artist Kenneth Young (American, 1933-2017) known for his colorful abstractions in washes of acrylic, which refer to the beauty of the natural world, art historical trends, and the politics of the civil rights era. Born in Kentucky, Young intended to become a scientist, after earning a degree in physics at Indiana University, he enrolled at the University of Louisville with the intention of studying chemical engineering. In Louisville, Young joined the local black artist’s group, where he met Bob Thompson, Sam Gilliam, and Robert Douglas among others. Inspired by the new cultural milieu, Young switched his field of study to painting and graduated with a degree in fine arts. In 1964, Young moved to Washington, D.C. where he began to meet other artists who would come to make up the Washington Color School. His paintings are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Gallery of Art.

Energy and matter were apt subjects for Young, a young physicist who turned to painting: “I’ve always been interested in… outer space, inner space, and the development of what occurs - force, magnetism, and that kind of thing”

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