Abstract Art

Watercolor and gouache on paper by Robert Walker

abstract art -- an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation.

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The Eye of the Beholder

Art! What a subjective topic! For me defining the subject of art first raises that old cliche, it's all in the eye of the beholder. I know what I like and you know what you like. People usually do first respond to an artwork according to their emotions. May-be the cliche could be revised to it's all in the mind of the beholder. Because, our second thought can be should I like this piece. Does it have merit? Is it well made? Especially with abstract art, a question is raised; am I being duped? We really need a balance between feelings and thoughts. Art critics, artists, and other like minded individuals study and analyze art and why they respond to a particular piece of artwork. [Complete Comment]

"Since the middle of the twentieth century, American abstract expressionism has been celebrated as the art form of the Western world. Some critics have considered such works as the pinnacle of artistic production, calling it "the end of art." While abstract expressionism has been labeled a uniquely American form, some have re-interpreted it as the culmination of intense European influence over American artists.

On the other side of the debate, realism has been called the American artform. Benjamin West, Eakins, and the Ash Can School are seen as the real fathers of American art. In the 1970's, realism re-emerged in America, but in a manner that paid homage to abstraction." from http://www.sqart.org/exhibits.html(3/13/02)

"Abstract Expressionism 1945 - Present

Abstract Expressionism was an art movement which began in New York City. After WWII, with images of the Holocaust everywhere they turned, it seemed redundant for socially-aware artists to paint these same images ... a photograph at the time was much more powerful. Therefore, to have no subject matter ... no imagery at all, seemed to be "the thing to do". Artists began to explore color and shape and to paint an entire canvas orange or blue was not an odd thing to do (Color Field Painting). The ideas of existentialism also played a large role in how artists created. Artists began to wonder: "If there is no God, what are the reasons for our being here? Why do we do what we do?" The result was a period of self discovery and there was a sense that one could do and say anything and everything. With no rules, many creative minds could explore ideas freely - hence the splish splash creations of folks like Jackson Pollock - otherwise known as "Jack the Dripper"." From http://arthistory.about.com/library/bl101_abstractex.htm(3/13/02)

"Expressionism 1890s - 1920s

Expressionism was all about the depiction of emotions and the types of responses those same emotions evoked. The traditional goal of representing nature as accurately as possible was thrown out the window and instead vibrant colors, wild abstract shapes and emotional subject matter took over. Expressionism had its roots in African cultures and included many sub-styles within it including Der Blaue Reiter (the blue rider) and Die Brucke (the bridge)." From http://arthistory.about.com/library/bl101_expressionism.htm (3/13/02)


U.Va. Art Museum Features Four Exhibits at Final Friday Reception and Kicks Off with a Gallery Talk on Feb. 23
Feb. 14, 2007 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum will feature four exhibits at the Final Friday reception on Feb. 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is preceded by a gallery talk at 5 p.m. by Matthew Affron, an expert on Fernand Leger and exhibition curator of "Fernand Leger: Contrasts of Forms," one of the featured exhibits. ( Complete Article )

Eye opening: Local artists reach 0ut
Published February 22, 2007 in issue 0608 of the HooK.By LAURA PARSONS
"Free your mind and the rest will follow." En Vogue was referring to eradicating prejudice, but the lyric looped through my mind in a different context while viewing "Beyond the Bars," an exhibition by inmates from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, currently on display at the McGuffey Art Center.
The resulting show runs the gamut from personal collages to vibrant magic-marker abstracts to Christian-inspired ceramics. A few pieces reflect the prison experience-- e.g. William Christmas' detailed cell drawing, with its open toilet and calendar dated 2015-- but most reach for the remembered world outside, revealing individual dreams and preoccupations, such as William Solomon's numerous water-focused images. ( Complete Article )

Abstract art splashes colour across the country by ASHOKE NAG
KOLKATA: Exhibits of abstract art are definitely spurting in the country. By a rough estimate, there are at least 30-40 shows of this genre being staged countrywide every year.For one, the buyers, including the younger lot, of Indian art, are increasingly maturing and reading more into the nuances of abstract art.
“There’s another factor which has played a role in triggering the growth of abstract shows. The prices swung by high-end abstract artists like VS Gaitonde, Ram Kumar, Jagdish Swaminathan, Akbar Padamsee and SH Raza are also impacting the exhibition scene in a major way,” a source told ET. Among the recent shows, a Prabhakar Kolte exhibit unfolded at Delhi’s Vadehra Art Gallery and was completely sold out. ( Complete Article )

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