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Ronald Bladen (artist)

American (born Canada)


American sculptor Ronald Bladen is considered to be one of the “fathers of minimalism.” He is known for his large-scale sculptures. Bladen also created many paintings that were associated with the abstract expressionist movement.

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Ronald Bladen (July 13, 1918 – February 3, 1988) was a Canadian-born American painter and sculptor. He is particularly known for his large-scale sculptures. His artistic stance, was influenced by European Constructivism, American Hard-Edge Painting, and sculptors such as Isamu Noguchi and David Smith. Bladen in turn had stimulating effect on a circle of younger artists including Carl Andre, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt and others, who repeatedly referred to him as one of the 'father figures' of Minimal Art.