New York events. Abstraction Between The Wars. Review by Maite Rodriguez. Every Saturday, you should visit the weekly section of this Spanish artist on Yareah.
The enlightening exhibition takes place at New York Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave Upper East Side New York 10128 from May 10–September 8, 2013. Abstract art, born in the prewar heyday of the avant-garde, remained vibrant in the interwar period and offered opportunities to artists for reflection and continued exploration. Through the presentation of diverse abstract styles drawn from the Guggenheim’s holdings, New Harmony brings together some of the most influential artists working in Europe between the world wars. Quite frankly, its an intriguing display of the avant-garde practices of abstraction embracing artistic relationships and emotion across Europe during the 1920s and ´30s at a time when borders were reopened or redrawn. The exhibition concentrates on the evolution of abstract art in Europe during the interwar years, which triggered unexpected creative exchanges in response to the tumult.
This collection exhibits 40 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 20 international and well renown artists including Alexander Calder, Alberto Giacometti, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia and Joaquín Torres-García, It explores a particularly rich aspect of the Guggenheim’s 20th-century collection, celebrating the spirited trends in abstraction embraced among international artists working in Europe between the World Wars.
Personally, I think the abstract art during those years is of great importance as it shows in all times of crisis, people constantly look for new ways of expression. Painting in this way became a popular of expression. It feels as if a new language was formed from the principles of geometry, suggesting that balance and equilibrium would foster harmony in art and society. New Harmony gives art lovers a unique insight into the beginnings of abstract art, at a time when artists explored unexpected combinations incorporating waste of everyday life among abstract formal elements in a quest for “freedom from all fetters,” as evident in his Merz works, collages, paintings, and environments. A great exhibition that everyone should see.
Abstraction between the Wars, 1919–1939 is organized by Tracey Bashkoff, Senior Curator, Collections and Exhibitions, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
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