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Abstractionism

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  • 1. ABSTRACTIONISM
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    BY: LARUEN PROCHAZKA, MACKENZIE ROGERS, AND JILLIAN SOMMERVILLE
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    1918 White on White – Kasmir Malevich
  • 3. THE WORLD OF THE EARLY 1920’s
    World War I has ended, rebuilding cities
    Russian Revolution ended, Russian communism takes over
    Stalin in power, social realism is the only art allowed
    Nazi party forming
    Color theory, light theory, cosmology, morphology, quantum mechanics, math and physics evolve
    Development of photograph, methods of reproduction
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  • 4. WHAT DO MOST PEOPLE THINK ABOUT ABSTRACTIONISM?
    You just take an object and morph it using shapes
    There’s no meaning to the shapes
    Making fun of the object portrayed
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  • 5. WHAT’S IT REALLY ABOUT?
    Non-objective, No Imitation
    Geometric shapes, no objects from observed world
    Forms and colors exist for their own expressive sake, symbols
    Dematerialization of the object
    Clarity, certainty, order
    Peering deeper into the mind, theosophy
    Scientific, universal language of senses in a growing, chaotic world
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  • 6. KANDINSKY
    Accredited with first abstract work
    Art is like music (inspired, structured, feeling, calculated, rhythm)
    Abstract forms have spiritual basis
    Color and shape are symbolic, ex: white=great silence, circle=wholeness
    “Inner necessity”- artist’s intuitive, emotional response to the world
    His work not supposed to be observed but felt slowly
    Teacher at the Bauhaus in Germany
    Express inner life of humans and their most intimate emotions
    Viewer’s eye moves freely without limits imposed by artist
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    1913 Composition VII – Wassily Kandinsky
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    1923 Composition VIII – Wassilly Kandinsky
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    1926 Several Circles – Wassily Kandinsky
  • 10. ARE YOU STILL AWAKE?
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  • 11. MALEVICH
    Believed abandoning need to depict external world would break into deeper level of meaning
    “Suprematism”- visual object is meaningless, feeling holds significance
    Abandoned painting for a while to sketch suprematist cities
    Imprisoned by Stalin for free-thinking art
    Lover of math, tried to incorporate passionate emotion
    Believed non-objective would overcome conflict between man v. nature, mind v. matter
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    1915 Black Square – Kasmir Malevich
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    1915 Suprematism – Kasmir Malevich
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    1916-17 Suprematist Painting – Kasmir Malevich
  • 15. MONDRIAN
    Believed art of clarity and balance would lead to a society governed by universal visual harmony
    Disciplined in life and art
    Love of jazz
    Simplified, mathematic structure
    “Plastic reality”- reality was presence of the painting itself, not imitated nature
    No symbolic meaning to colors
    No communication with Russia because of war
    Only through non-objective could humans approach the divine, the universal
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    1917 Composition in Color A – Piet Mondrian
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    1921 Composition with Red, Blue, Black, Yellow, and Gray
    – Piet Mondrian
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    1933 Lozenge Composition with Four Yellow Lines – Piet Mondrian
  • 19. CONTRIBUTIONS TO ART
    Cities are based on abstract forms
    The painting was about the feeling you get looking at it, not the visual aspect of the object
    Light, vital energy, feelings, and emotions coupled with math and science
    Simplified geometric figures could reach deeper into the soul
    Impact on industrial and advertisement art
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  • 20. ABSTRACTIONISM ROCKS!
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  • 21. THE END
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