Ronald Bladen


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.

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Was successful in studies of contemporary art, literature, music, and philosophy. In 1945, joined the Libertarian Circle, a group of anarcho-pacifist artists around the writer Kenneth Rexroth.

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Artist, painter, sculptor

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Ronald Bladen, Charles Ronald Wells Bladen

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