From the first incursions into this creative manner of approaching art and until our days, its momentum appears endless.
Abstraction and the present: abstract art still has a lot to say /
After several decades during which the evolution of art threw creators towards different themes, concepts and interests, the one thing that has remained current and relevant until the present time is abstract art. Much coveted in contemporary art fairs and auctions, solicited by collectors and different commissions which demand these pieces year after year, these pieces’ flame remains ignited. It is outstanding that after masters such as Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky through to Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, abstract art continues to have an unstoppable momentum nowadays.
Over the course of recent years, several institutions have studied the abstract art phenomenon, both in its contemporary reach, and that of its past. Museums such as the Walker Art Centre with the Painter Painter exhibition or MCA Chicago with their exhibition DNA: Chicago Conceptual Abstraction 1986-1995, which will be running from the 18th of May until September 29th. Similarly, A Matter of Abstraction, is the name of the Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal’s show, this last exhibition explores this art form extensively, and with a long permanence as well, it opened on the 12th of April 2012 and will close on the 4th of April 2016.
MOCA presented Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962, which closed this January. Art of Another Kind: International Abstraction and the Guggenheim, 1949-1960, was an interesting exhibition that analysed the relationship between this institution and the abstract. Last but not least, there was MoMA’s Inventing Abstraction, 1910–1925, which only just recently closed its doors.
The art magazine ARTnews published an interesting article centred on the subject, signed by Pepe Karmel. In this text six fundamental axes can be identified from where abstract art finds its main projection. Three of the axes correspond to nature: cosmology, landscape and anatomy, painting or sculpture based on these natural axes favour the inexplicable shapes and forces of the cosmos, they allude to compositions or tonalities that correspond to urban landscapes or natural landscapes and find a justification within it, or they embody anatomic visions of the human, the animals and emotional or imaginary imaginations.
The other three axes correspond to the realm of culture: textiles, architecture and signs; appreciating the spaciousness that this type of abstraction alludes to, or the pictorial distortions that the fabrics and textiles imitate are awe-striking. Three dimensional pieces that become fortunate habitable spaces are currently also common. The qualities of abstract artistic language from the age of vanguards recreate the signs of writing, of music and of daily lives: an onomatopoeia which is pictorial and sculptural poetry.
It’s needless to say that abstract art remains relevant and will continue to be so for many years to come; its strength and archetypal nature place it as one of the most appreciated art forms of present times.
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