Big Red, by Daniel LaRue Johnson, 1964

Daniel LaRue Johnson Big Red, 1964

Medium: Mixed media on canvas
Dimensions: 62 x 62 in. (157.5 x 157.5 cm)
Credit Line: Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks, Los Angeles. Photo by Ed Glendinning, courtesy of Dr. and Mrs. Leon O. Banks

Big Red is a geometric mixed-media painting that shares aesthetic similarities with the slickness of works by Los Angeles "finish fetish" and light-and-space artists. The matte black of the painting juxtaposed against the rectilinear red, yellow, and white forms that extend from the center create a subtle variance in the surface, which is aided by the low-relief forms in the center.

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"Big Red." Now Dig This! Art in Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 Digital Archive. Los Angeles: Hammer Museum, 2016.