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Artists on Art: Victor Pasmore on Abstract in Red, No. 3

May 22, 2017

Victor Pasmore (British, 1908–1998). Abstract in Red, No. 3, 1960. Oil on plywood with mahogany, 60 x 60 inches (152.4 x 152.4 cm). Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Gift of Seymour H. Knox, Jr., 1960 (K1960:21). © Estate of Victor Pasmore / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

In the 1960s, the Albright-Knox wrote to a selection of artists to ask for statements about their works. Victor Pasmore responded with thoughts about his 1960 painting Abstract in Red, No. 3.

No, you’re not imagining things; the right-hand edge of the prominent red shape in Abstract in Red, No. 3, 1960, is intentionally meant to look out-of-focus. The visible blurriness is one of the “expanding effects” artist Victor Pasmore used to create “ambiguous images” that “transcend the boundaries and dimensions of the finite picture-plane.” He explained that “to get beyond dimension in terms of strictly dimensional material poses a paradox which, in reality, can only be solved in subjective terms; that is to say, by stimulating the imagination. To do this within the terms of surface-bound painting has been and still is my problem.”

Content taken from Letters from 31 Artists to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo: The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy, 1970).