Happy Birthday, Abstract Art! A Party & Discussion at Storefront Gallery

Wassily Kandinsky, "Untitled (First Abstract Watercolor)" (1910), Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

Whether you’re an artist, critic, art blogger, collector, art historian, art fan or gallery owner, the term “abstract” is loaded with many associations and we plan to unpack some of its meanings at a special discussion/birthday party for abstract art on Sunday, August 22, 4-6 pm at Storefront Gallery (16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn).

One of the preeminent aesthetic accomplishments of the modern era, abstract art may be ubiquitous nowadays but that wasn’t always the case. Join us for a frank discussion about how far we’ve come since Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Franciska Kupka’s early abstract art experiments and whether the term is even useful anymore. We want to hear your thoughts and we’d love for you to join us for some birthday cake, coffee, and stimulating (if abstract) discussion about the state of abstract art and abstraction in 2010.
This party/discussion will take place on the final day of the “On Display” exhibition at Storefront Gallery, which features the art of Sharon Bulter, Joy Curtis, and Cathy Nan Quinlan, and is curated by Hrag Vartanian.
What: A Birthday Party (& Discussion) for Abstract Art
Where: Storefront Gallery (16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
When: Sunday, August 22, 4-6 pm
Why: Because it’s the centennial of abstract art
Who: Hosted by Storefront Gallery and the artists and curator of “On Display”

6 responses to “Happy Birthday, Abstract Art! A Party & Discussion at Storefront Gallery”

  1. What a fantastic idea! Not sure if I can contribute anything but I’m drawn to learning from discussion. I will try my best to make it!

  2. Some people would date abstract painting back to Paul Serusier (1863-1927), The Talisman 1888 (Musee d’Orsay, Paris).

    One does see in it the trace of representation, but then it’s not clear, at least to me, that the Kandinsky had completely divorced itself from representation – it does plausibly read as an ensemble of autonomous but illegible things rather than purely as an arrangement of paint on a rectangle.

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