American Abstract Expressionist Adolph Frederick (Ad) Reinhardt was born to an immigrant family in Buffalo, New York. Reinhardt had an early passion for art and excelled in school as a child. By the time he was ready for college he had been accepted to many Universities on scholarship and chose to attend Columbia University from 1931-1935. Following his accreditation as an artist, he worked for the WPA Federal Art Project for four years. Ad Reinhardt became a member of the American Abstract Artists group which allowed him to participate in numerous group and solo exhibitions with the Peggy Guggenheim Gallery and the Betty Parsons Gallery.
By 1947, Ad Reinhardt completed his studies at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and began teaching at The Brooklyn College in New York. He also traveled periodically to teach at Yale University, the University of Wyoming, the California School of Fine Arts and the Hunter College in New York.
Ad Reinhardt’s art became more minimal and focused on geometric abstraction over the course of his career. His use of grid structures and single color variations separated him from the growing trend among contemporary artists. Considered his most crowning achievement were his Black Paintings (1954-1967). He once stated “My painting represents the victory of the forces of darkness and peace over the powers of light and evil.” Exhibitions of Reinhardt’s work have recently appeared at the Guggenheim Museum, Manhattan, NY in 2008 and the Joseph Albers Museum, Bottrop, Germany in 2011.