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PAMM Acquires Kenneth V. Young

Kenneth V. Young (1933-2017)
Untitled, 1970
Acrylic on canvas
60 by 59 inches (152.4 x 150 cm)

Edward Tyler Nahem is pleased to announce the acquisition of an important Kenneth Victor Young painting - Untitled (1970) - by the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM).

Young, (American, 1933-2017,) is known for his compelling colorful abstractions rendered in bright acrylic washes, which variably reference the intricacies and beauty of the natural world, art historical trends, as well as the politics of the civil rights era. Born in Kentucky in 1933, he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts. In 1964, Young moved to Washington, D.C. where he met other artists who would come to make up the Washington Color School. He found a full time job as an exhibition designer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington—a position he would hold for over 35 years—and devoted his spare time to his artistic practice. Young’s period of recognition began with his first solo exhibition in Washington at the Franz Bader Gallery in 1968 and culminated with a solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1973.

René Morales, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Chief Curator at Pérez Art Museum Miami, comments: "Pérez Art Museum Miami is thrilled to acquire this work by Kenneth Victor Young, thanks to the generosity of PAMM’s Collectors Council. Untitled (1970) will significantly add to the depth to our collection, where it will be in great company with Morris Louis, Sam Gilliam, Gene Davis and other artists associated with Color Field painting and the Washington Color School."

Edward Tyler Nahem, comments: "Following our solo exhibition of Kenneth Victor Young earlier this year, it has been exciting seeing the artist’s work continue to grow in its prominence and allure, increasingly  finding its way into important collections. The acquisition by Pérez Art Museum Miami is another step in affirming this."