Al Held was an powerful American Abstract Expressionist painter. Widely appreciated for his monumental Hard Edge paintings, his work features formal, geometric forms present in a non-Euclidean space, painted in deep, fluorescent color. The best abstract painting transforms its formal timbers into metaphors for truths untouchable to direct percept, the artist once explained. Held, often working in series, wavered between different conceptional styles throughout his long vocation. His Alphabet paintings, completed between 19611966, were vivid concrete generalizations of the letters of the English alphabet. This work notably contrasted stylistically with the paint paintings he made during the 1950s, which were written of thick, sign marks in muted, earthy tones. Born and put up in Brooklyn, NY on October 12, 1928, he drawn two years serving in the U.S. Navy before enrolling in the Art Students League of New York. Held enjoyed a long and made career, which took a 20-year tenure as faculty to the Yale University School of Art, a rich exposition history, and galore awards. His work can be found in the lasting aggregations of the Kunstmuseum Basel, the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and others.