Of all the art forms, abstract art may well be the one that has received the most press, good and bad, the worst of criticism and the highest of appreciations! Abstract art is wholly open to interpretation. The other terms used to describe abstract art are "nonobjective" and "nonrepresentational".
Abstract art made a huge departure from art as it was depicted up until the Renaissance, in the Western World. Renaissance art tried to be as close to reality as possible, while abstract art often had no bearing or similarity with the visible world. Even within abstract art, there is the distinction of two forms-the fluid form of abstract art as showcased by artists like Jackson Pollock and Wassily Kandinsky and the geometric form, as painted by Pieter Mondrian.
Although it was Kandinsky and Mondrian who first broke off into the purest abstract art, the stage for this was set by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques, who were the pioneers of Cubism. After this was Fauvism, which was heralded by Henri Matisse.
During the 1930s, Paris was the hub of abstract art, and it can be safely said that New York is the new epicenter of the abstract art world. Some of the modern abstract art painters are Robert Motherwell, Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis, and Patrick Heron. Abstract art can also be seen in the sculptures of Donald Judd, for example. Today, even performance art, installations, and video art show major influences of abstract art.
Article by Karishma J. Anand
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