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Jay Rosenblum

(1933 - 1989)
Jay Rosenblum was a native of the Bronx and a graduate of the High School of Music and Art, Bard College and the Cranbrook Academy of Fine Arts in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He was a violinist in the Seventh Army Symphony in West Germany in the mid-1950s and taught at the School of Visual Arts.

In Rosenbaum's exhibitions of the late '50s there were freely painted, flower-like, cluster forms of colors that emerged from the center of the painting. In the mid-'60s the color-forms in his paintings evolved into ragged-edged and vertical planes. Shortly after, he developed a hard edge style in which colors move up and down the picture plane. These flat curtain-like forms with their vertical emphasis, indicate space by shifts in color passages. These shapes relate to a surface depth determined by the contrasting color values. These shapes sometimes overlap, but do not indicate transparency.

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