Al Held, (1928–2005) was born in Brooklyn on October 12th. Held
dropped out of high school and joined the Navy at 16, serving from
1945–47. In 1948 he studied at the Art Students League in New York,
and from 1950–53 invoked the G.I. Bill to attend the Académie
de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. Held returned to New York at the height
of Abstract Expressionism and its related philosophical discourse, in which
he took part. However, the genesis of his later work was already forming;
as he said at the time: “I want to give abstract expressionism
structure.“ Characterized by the intellectual rigor with which he
approached his work, Held was ultimately a painter of ideas.
His work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum
of Art, Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Steledjik Museum in Amsterdam.
Al Held died in Todi, Italy on July 27th 2005.