Ad Reinhardt (Painter) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born

Ad Reinhardt

Adolph Frederick “Ad” Reinhardt was an abstract painter active in New York beginning in the 1930s and continuing through the 1960s. He was a member of the American Abstract Artists and was a part of the movement centered on the Betty Parsons Gallery that became known as abstract expressionism. He was also a member of The Club, the meeting place for the New York School abstract expressionist artists during the 1940s and 1950s. He wrote and lectured extensively on art and was a major influence on conceptual art, minimal art and monochrome painting. Most famous for his “black” or “ultimate” paintings, he claimed to be painting the “last paintings” that anyone can paint. He believed in a philosophy of art he called Art-as-Art and used his writing and satirical cartoons to advocate for abstract art and against what he described as “the disreputable practices of artists-as-artists”.

Born: Fredrick Adolph Reinhardt, Dec 24, 1913, Buffalo, New York
Died: Aug 30, 1967
Nationality: American
Known for: Abstract painting
Movement: Abstract Expressionism

About Ad Reinhardt

Abstract painter best known for his “ultimate” or “black” paintings. He belonged to the American Abstract Artists and was associated with the Betty Parsons Gallery, which became a center of the Abstract Expressionism movement.

Before Fame

He attended Columbia University and the National Academy of Design, where he was a student of the famed Karl Anderson.


He worked for the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project in 1936.

Family Life

He was born in Buffalo, New York. His family resided in the Riverside section next to the Niagara River.


He was influenced by Robert Motherwell.

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  • Brooklyn College faculty
  • Federal Art Project artists
  • Abstract painters

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Latest information about Ad Reinhardt updated on August 29, 2020.

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