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Jupiter V

Al Held (American, 1928–2005)


152.4 x 152.4 cm (60 x 60 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Acrylic on canvas

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art



Working in an Abstract Expressionist style in the 1950s and a Minimalist vein in the 1960s, Al Held went on to develop a hard edge style in the 1970s that rejected the anti-illusionism of Minimalism. In Jupiter 5, Held “draws” with paint, using geometry as a formal tool to create a dizzying illusionistic space seen from various perspectives. The bold and severe lines of the cube are contrasted with the softer, more inventive geometric forms that overlap it. Multiple paint layers have been sanded down to leave a smooth surface devoid of any painterly touch.


The artist; with André Emmerich, New York; to Vesti Corporation, Boston; to Mr. and Mrs. Gerald M. Mc Cue, Cambridge, MA, 1984; to MFA, Boston, 1998

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara W. McCue and Gerald M. McCue


© Al Held Foundation/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY