‘In the 1960s paintings, a lot of them have ‘The' in front of the titles, for example, The Big A. I very deliberately wanted to be very specific. The 1960s paintings were very slow and evolved very slowly and I specifically wanted to make reference to their specificity, that they were very specific interests. Like The House of Cards, not House of Cards; the “The” was placed there to try somehow to emphasize the specificity of the form.’
– Taken from Al Held's oral history with Archives of American Art, 1975/76.
Collection of the Artist
Private collection, United States
Al Held, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, March 25 – May 1, 1966 New Shapes of Colour, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, 19 November 1966 – 15 January 1967 Al Held, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 11 October – 1 December 1974 Abstract Painting: 1960–69. P.S. 1, New York, 16 January – 13 March 1983 Al Held: Alphabet Paintings 1961–1967, Cheim & Read, New York, 28 February – 20 April 2013
Beeren, W. A. L. Al Held. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum, 1966.
Tucker, Marcia. Al Held. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 1974. p. 49.
Held, Al. “The ‘60s in Abstract: 13 Statements and an Essay.” Interview with Maurice Poirier and Jane Necol. Art in America (October 1983): p. 125.
Storr, Robert. Al Held: Alphabet Paintings 1961-1967. New York: Cheim & Read, 2013.
WAL Beeren,Al Held, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam 1966 Marcia Tucker,Al Held, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 1974. p.49 Al Held, ‘The ’60s in Abstract: 13 Statements and an Essay’, Interview with Maurice Poirier and Jane Necol,Art in America, October 1983, p.125 Robert Storr,Al Held: Alphabet Paintings 1961–1967, Cheim & Read, New York 2013