On View at the Getty Center: Pacific Standard Time: Crosscurrents in L.A. Painting and Sculpture, 1950-1970
Stage II is a characteristic painting by Karl Benjamin with its bold use of color, interconnected geometric shapes, and clearly defined lines. Like many of his canvases, this piece displays a strong patterning that moves across the entire composition, creating a visual rhythm in color and form. Perhaps surprisingly, Benjamin’s complex geometric abstractions developed out of his early representational landscapes, seascapes, and still lifes. Working intuitively, he began to reduce the pictorial elements of his paintings to their most essential shapes and colors. The result was a vivid and dynamic body of abstract works that touches on the natural world, built environments, color theory, and optical play.