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WHAT MAKES AN ARTWORK ABSTRACT?

ABSTRACT ART

"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential."

Wassily Kandinsky 

Abstract art does not depict a person, place, or thing of the world. Composition, color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and simply the steps to create comprises Abstract painting. Works that don't have a "thing" allow for the viewer to engage with the work in a powerful way -- usually form and color become the "object" of the piece.

Painting by Franz Kline

Where did it come from exaclty? Franz Kline was an American painter mostly known for his black and white paintings. He was considered an Action PainterWassily Kandinsky - Kandinsky is considered the father of abstract painting. In an effort to capture sound and emotion in art, he painted some of the first major abstract works.

Abstract art uses a visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world.

WHY I LOVE THE MET ART MUSEUM SO MUCH

EVERY GOOD "CITY GUIDE" NEEDS AN ART MUSEUM

Abstract Art 

The Met in NYC is no exception.  The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded in 1870 and it owned zero art on day #1. Over the years, through the combined efforts and brilliance of generations of curators and researchers, collectors and patrons, The Met collection has grown artistically, geographically, and culturally to represent more than 5,000 years of art from across the globe—from the first cities of the ancient world to works being created today.

 

 “Man: a being in search of meaning.” 

– Plato

 

The Met's latest exhibition does not disappoint.Art Museum ExhibitsThe Met hosts exhibits that both make sense and have passion.

Art Exhibitions

Egon Schiele has a wonderful way of line.  A majority of his work is controversial and shocking but the line work is both loose and refined.  Heavily influenced by Klimt it is always interesting to hear about artist in community with each other.

Not only does it house thousands of pieces of art but it has world class program's that educate's educators, children and the average Jane.

 

Timeline of Art History

The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum’s collection.

The Met NYCIn 2017, The Met made all images of public-domain works in its collection availableunder Creative Commons Zero which allowed unfettered access to 375,000 images of artworks.  How amazing is that. 

The Met StoreLet's not forget The Met Store which has some of the coolest accessories, books and items all art related.

The Met Store  

The Met NYC 

 

ABSTRACT ARTISTS: PAINTERLY TO GRAPHIC

ABSTRACT ARTISTS: PAINTERLY TO GRAPHIC

ABSTRACT ARTISTS THAT INFLUENCE MY WORK

There are so many influencer painters, I could blog, Instagram and Pinterest at nauseum about them so I will try to sprinkle these post in between my other interests like Interior Design, Fashion and Lifestyle.  Let's start with De Kooning, a dutch abstract expressionist that came to America as a house painter and worked his way into infamy.  I am a believer that persistant sweat equity can get you where you want to be.  His restrospective book is a good read and a great table top.  Of course, I own it.  Cy Twombly let me count the ways-- your use of line, your use of materials, your use of drip? Yes to all.  He studied under Kline and Motherwell and of course I own his tabletop book as well.  What I love recently is the use of abstract art in fashion.   Yayoi Kusama has been all over Louis Vuitton in what is there best work.  Kusama is known for her bold, abstract dots which create a visual feast.  These are a few of my favorite things and that's all for now.

Angela Simeone Artist Nashville