There is a new exhibit on view at The Museum of Modern Art that puts the focus on abstraction called "Abstract Generation." If you have a chance to view this exhibition that focuses on the medium of printmaking, you might want to take a look. I did yesterday (August 16) and was amazed at the way abstraction has emerged from its expressionist routes to a life force in visual arts all its own. Staten Island arts fans visit http://www.moma.org to find museum hours and take a look at this amazing new exhibit at the museum.
"Abstraction emerged in western art a century ago, and it was the defining mode of expression for key modern movements throughout the twentieth century—from the utopian geometries of Suprematism and Constructivism to the heroic gestures of Abstract Expressionism and the perceptual phenomena of Op art," adds the museum web site.
"Today abstraction continues to play a vital role in art practice, not as a singular style or approach but as a rich and varied trove of formal languages and ideas upon which artists can draw, deliberately or indiscriminately," according to www.moma.org..
"Its legacies extend beyond the boundaries of art to popular culture and design: artists may come to understand geometric abstraction via corporate logos or learn about Minimalist strategies through furniture design," according to MoMA. "For some artists, like Charline von Heyl, the draw of abstraction lies in its potential for hybridity, the ability to combine and recycle idiosyncratic elements within a series or a single work," adds MoMA's web site.
"For others, like Ryan Gander, abstraction’s ideological associations throughout the twentieth century—with revolution, progress, and the new—make it a powerful tool for critical reassessments of modernism today," according to the http://www.moma.org.
This exhibition focuses on the print medium, highlighting ways in which printmaking’s inherent processes, such as layering, transfer, and reproducibility, have been particularly fertile terrain for experimentation with abstraction. Works by John Armleder, Sherrie Levine, and Stephen Prina hacve greatly influenced abstract work frim the 1980s and 1990s, according to MoMA's web site. For those interested in printmaking of the modern era, this exhibit that draws from MoMA's Library collection with select artists' prints and books from the abstract hgeneration of modern printmakers.
"The term “generation” in the title refers not only to the artists featured in the show, but also to their methods of producing abstraction, often through digital technologies, the appropriation of existing source material, or the exploration of endless permutations of form," adds http://www.moma.org. Earlier works by John Armleder, Sherrie Levine, and Stephen Prina have had an impact on the artistic form from the late 1980s and early 1990s. Featuring projects drawn exclusively from the Museum’s collection of prints and illustrated books, and complemented by a selection of artists’ books from the MoMA Library’s collection, this exhibition presents numerous recent acquisitions for the first time, in a focused look at the many forms abstraction takes now.Take a look at the abstract world of the modern generation.