Bethesda Fine Art: In Memoriam KENNETH VICTOR YOUNG

Kenneth Victor Young, Red Dance (1970), National Gallery of Art, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kenneth Victor Young (1933-2017). Young had a far-reaching career as an artist, teacher and exhibit designer at the Smithsonian for 35 years. His early art education and teaching experience was in Louisville, Kentucky; Indiana University; and the University of Hawaii. He was an instructor at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC.
Young’s artistic philosophy was to bring order out of chaos. His studies in physics and the natural sciences at Indiana University informed a different imagery-a fusion of brilliant colors. His knowledge of form and matter gave his paintings a spatial intensity, and he infused this space with multiple orbs of color held together in molecular suspension. For more than 40 years his artworks have been shown in group and solo exhibitions in galleries and museums around the world, including a major solo show in 1973 at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.
Young is in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection and was included in its 2015 traveling exhibition, African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond. Young’s painting Red Dance is installed in the National Gallery of Art’s East Building. His painting Spring Rain is featured at the MGM Grand Resort & Casino at the National Harbor in Maryland. At the time of his passing, Ken had emerged as a pivotal force in African-American abstraction.
It has been an honor to represent Kenneth Victor Young at Bethesda Fine Art. We have had the unique opportunity to bring together his major paintings from the Washington Color School period of the ’60s and ’70s. We look forward to presenting Ken’s later body of work alongside his earlier paintings.

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