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5 Insights About Abstract Art to Impress Your Friends

Art Lovers | 2 April 2024

Written by Krista Worthington

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For many, abstract art can be perplexing, but once you crack its colourful code, it can open up whole new avenues of aesthetic appreciation. Perhaps you’ve recently discovered a passion for abstract art or you’re looking to refresh your knowledge to enliven your art discussions with friends. This post is for you—packed with insights and points you can use to impress your friends with your abstract art acumen.

# 1: The Birthplace of Abstraction

The abstract art movement is traced back to the early 20th century in the pioneering works of Vasily Kandinsky, who is often heralded as the father of abstract art. Kandinsky, originally a musician, believed that colours and shapes could evoke an emotional response akin to the way music does. His paintings, such as ‘Composition VII,’ broke free from representing the physical world and gave birth to an entirely new visual language. Remember this historical context for your next conversation on abstract art—it’s a fun fact that highlights the essential departure abstract art took from traditional representation.

Vasily Kandinsky | Composition 8 | The Guggenheim Museums and Foundation

Composition 8 by VASILY KANDINSKY [1923] Oil on canvas

# 2: The Versatility of Abstract Expressionism

When discussing abstract art, it’s essential to acknowledge Abstract Expressionism, a post-World War II art movement. This period marked a pivotal shift in American art, with artists like Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning at its forefront. Abstract Expressionism was not a single style but a myriad of techniques, from the energetic, gestural art of Pollock to the more controlled and composed pieces by Mark Rothko. This stylistic range is an example of how abstract art can be as diverse as the emotions and experiences that inspire it. Share the contrasting works of Pollock and Rothko to illustrate this point further.

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Fire Island by WILLEM DE KOONING [1946] Oil on paper

# 3: Understanding Colour Field Painting

Within Abstract Expressionism exists a unique subcategory known as Colour Field painting. This style is characterized by large fields of flat, solid color spread across the canvas to create a sense of expansiveness and immersion in the work. Mark Rothko’s ‘multiforms’ exemplify this approach, evoking a contemplative, almost meditative experience. The next time you’re exploring a Rothko painting, be ready to explain how the artist’s intention was to envelop the viewer in the emotion and spirituality of the piece, rather than solicit analytical interpretation.

Mark Rothko | Biography, Painter, & Abstract Expressionism | Britannica

The artworks of MARK ROTHKO

# 4: Decoding Non-Objective Art

Sometimes mistaken for abstract art, non-objective art is a genre completely detached from the physical world. Often, non-objective works are geometric in nature, featuring shapes, lines, and colours but devoid of any representational meaning. Artists like Piet Mondrian and Kazimir Malevich are prominent figures in this movement, which aimed to create universal art that transcended individual experiences. When discussing non-objective art, be sure to differentiate it from abstract art and emphasize its purpose of evoking a universal response.

Broadway Boogie Woogie by PIET MONDRIAN [1941]

# 5: Contemporary Conversations in Abstractness

Abstract art is not confined to the history books—it continues to evolve today. Many contemporary artists are pushing the boundaries of what abstraction can be, incorporating new technologies and materials into their practices. For example, digital art introduces a completely fresh perspective on abstract art, allowing for interactive and dynamic pieces that change with the viewer’s input. Artists like Yayoi Kusama and Olafur Eliasson are great contemporary examples who have captured the public’s interest with their innovative approaches to abstraction.

The living observator... • Artwork • Studio Olafur Eliasson

Revolving pentagonal star by OLAFUR ELIASSON [2021]

In conclusion, abstract art is as rich and varied as the emotions it seeks to express. By understanding its history, subgenres, and contemporary manifestations, you’ll be well-equipped to have engaging and enlightening discussions with your friends. Next time the topic arises, don’t be shy—share these points and watch how your knowledge of abstract art sparks a vibrant exchange of ideas and interpretations.

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