CTS: Library Research

There’s an exhibition in Tate Modern that I like very much. It’s about abstract art, including paintings and three-dimensional works. So this week I do some researches about abstract art or the way to show the abstract art in the library.

Work can evolve from the study of a particular artist. It can be an exension of the study of natural forms, of aerial photographs,or used the use of the microscope in biology. It can be based on siplification of objects or themes alreasy interpreted  in a realistic way or it can be used purely as a form of self-expression. (Abstract painting,1973)

Abstractior shook Western art to its core. In the early part of the 20th century, it refuted the reign of clear, indisputable forms and confronted audiences instead with vivid visual devoid of conventional representational imagery and characterized by allegories of emotion and sensation. This radical artistic adventure established new artistic means, as much as narratives. Expression became characterized by shocking juxtapositions of colour, light and line. Artists abandoned the conventions of brush and easel and played with new materials and methods of artistic gesture: commercial paints and housepainters’ brushes, working on unstretched and unprimed canvases, moving  the canvas to the floor, and applying paint with their hands. (Dietmar Elger)

0 through 9 1961 is a highly characteristic work. Johns (Jasper Johns,1930) let the process of superimposing the sequence of numbers 0 to 9 dictate the structure of the painting. This allowed him to concentrate on the material qualities of the pain, building up a rich and complex surface as if making an abstract work Johns’s lifelong interest in processes of mark-making have also informed his extensive output in screen printing, lithography and etching.



Charlotte Baron (1973) Abstract painitng. Britain

Dietmar Elger Abstract Art. Taschen

Tate Trustees (2006) Tate Mosern The Handbook.  London: Millbank

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