Ronald Bladen

Loretta Howard Gallery is pleased to represent the estate of Ronald Bladen.

Ronald Bladen (1918- 1988) was a Minimalist best known for his large-scale sculptures. He is often credited with influencing fellow Minimalists Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Sol LeWitt.

In 1939 he moved to San Francisco form Vancouver, Canada where he enrolled in the California School of Fine Arts. He spent the war years working as a ship’s welder at the navy dockyards. In 1955 he joined a communal household with poet Michael McClure and Al Held. During this time he also befriended the writers Jack Kerouac, Henry Miller and Allen Ginsberg and became close friends with the dancer Yvonne Rainer.
In 1956, Bladen relocated to New York where he lived on Houston Street. He met fellow artists George Sugarman and Nicholas and John Krushenick, who together founded the Brata Gallery co-operative in 1957. His paintings from this period are defined by highly concentrated segments of color set against monochromatic backgrounds. 1962, he exhibited his plywood paintings for the first time at the Brata Gallery and the Green Gallery.

In 1964, he showed his first large scale sculpture, White Z, at an exhibition in the Park Place Gallery in New York. This same year he was awarded the National Medal of the Arts by the National Endowment of the Arts. In 1966, he showed his sculpture, Three Elements, in the exhibition, Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum in New York alongside younger artists including Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Walter De Maria and Robert Morris. A seminal moment in the history of sculpture, this exhibition brought the language of Minimalism into the public eye. In 1967 he was included in the Scale as Content exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington. Sculptures by Ronald Bladen have been featured in exhibitions at important public institutions including at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalow, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, , Documenta 4, Kassel, Germany, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., The Jewish Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York Vancouver Art Museum, Vancouver, BC, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York among others.

Ronald Bladen, The X, 1967-68
The X
1967-68
Painted aluminum
22 x 24 x 14 feet
Edition of 3
During the exhibition Scale as Content at the Corcoran Gallery

Wedge
Wedge (Garden-scale)
1971
Painted aluminum
5 x 11 x 3 feet

Light Year
Light Year (Garden-scale)
1979
Painted aluminum
80 x 156 x 19 inches
Edition of 3

Black Triangle
Black Triangle
1966-67
Painted aluminum
9'4" x 10'1" x 13' feet
Edition of 3

V
V (Garden-scale)
1973
Painted aluminum
60 1/2 x 106 x 8 inches
Edition of 3

Kama Sutra
Kama Sutra (Garden-scale)
1977
Painted aluminum
6 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 feet
Edition of 3

Cosmic Seed
Cosmic Seed (Mid Scale)
1977
Painted and burnished aluminum
96" H x 80" L x 16" D 900lbs
Edition 1 of 3

Cathedral Evening
Cathedral Evening
1969
Painted aluminum
9'8" x 29'5" x 23'6" feet
Edition of 3

Mcnay
Host of the Ellipse (Garden-scale)
1981
Painted aluminum
85 x 118 x 52 inches
Edition of 3

Chevrons
Chevrons
1974
Painted wood exhibtion copy (To be fabricated in aluminum)
Nine units at 36 x 80 x 11 1/2 inches each
Edition of 3

Ronald Bladen, Raiko I, 1975
Raiko I
1975
Painted aluminum
20 x 53 x 8 feet
Edition of 3
Garden Size: 6 1/2 x 17 1/2 x 2 1/2 feet

Sentinels
Sentinels
1972
Painted aluminum
Monumental size: 16 x 17 x 15 feet each
Edition of 3
Garden Size: 5'4" x 5'8" x 5' feet each

Bladen Quartet
A suite of four (from left to right):

Untitled No 9 (White Painting)
c. 1960-61
Oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

Untitled
c. 1960-61
Oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

Untitled (green)
c. 1960-61
Oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

Untitled (red)
c. 1960-61
Oil on masonite
48 x 36 inches

Connie's painting
Connie's Painting
c. 1956-1959
Oil on canvas
38 x 35 1/2 inches

Road
Road
c. 1955 - 1960
Oil on canvas
75 x 70 inches

Japanese
Japanese
c. 1956-1959
Dry pigment and oil on masonite
48 x 23 1/2 inches