: of or relating to abstract painting characterized by geometric forms with clearly defined boundaries

Examples of hard-edge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Constructed of flat, hard-edge but usually curving slabs of color, the compositions evoke mysterious interiors or extreme close-ups. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 5 July 2024 These include Bruns, whose glossy mixed-media pictures combine free-form gestures with hard-edge shapes produced through stenciling. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 14 June 2024 After graduating from the High School of Music & Art in Manhattan (now the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts), Ms. Zazeela studied painting at Bennington College in Vermont under the minimalist sculptor Tony Smith and the hard-edge painter Paul Feeley. Walker Mimms, New York Times, 17 Apr. 2024 On the Due Più, the material adds a softer touch to the hard-edge minimalism of Vigo’s contemporaries, with results that are undeniably groovy. Evan Moffitt, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 The older paintings displayed on Sable’s website indicate that the artist has never employed hard-edge geometric designs. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 29 Dec. 2023 Among the 21 artists are Julia Chon and Dave Young Kim, who offer cleanly hard-edge paintings of, respectively, a woman in traditional garb and two storks below two strands of barbed wire. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2023 But where Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein emulated the clean, hard-edge look of commercial art, Guston continued to paint in a messy, intuitive fashion. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 18 Apr. 2023 About half of the 21 paintings on exhibit were made since 2010 and feature the cunning interplay of soft colors and hard-edge forms. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 7 Apr. 2023

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First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hard-edge was in 1961

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“Hard-edge.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hard-edge. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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