hard edge, easy to like?

hard edge abstract painting is not a genre that everyone likes. but then again, people who like hard edge abstraction are less inclined to like abstraction that is “soft” (Mark Tobey, Richard Pousette-Dart, Morris Louis, etc), or somewhat referential (Richard Diebenkorn, Joan Mitchell, Ben Nicholson, etc). hard edge abstraction removes for the most part any indication of brushwork, and usually any reference to recognizable images. what it does provide is a varied experiences: strong composition (Ellsworth Kelley), hit-you-in-the-gut color (Peter Halley), extremely subtle color (late Ad Reinhardt), ascetic discipline (Bridget Riley)… and more. here are a few samples from a few of the hard edge abstractionists that i love!