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Wednesday, 26 December 2012 17:07

Sweeping Exhibition Explores Abstraction at MoMA

František Kupka Localization of Graphic Motifs II, 1912–13. Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 76 3/8 inches. František Kupka Localization of Graphic Motifs II, 1912–13. Oil on canvas, 78 3/4 x 76 3/8 inches. National Gallery of Art, Washington. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925 opened on December 23 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and celebrates the bold art movement that swept across mediums and continents during the first half of the twentieth century. Severing ties with the realistic, practical images that dominated western art, abstraction infiltrated everything from sculpture and painting to poetry, music, and film.

Inventing Abstraction brings together over 350 works including paintings, stained glass, needlepoint, film, sculpture, and illustrated books. Organized by Leah Dickerman, a curator in MoMA’s painting and sculpture department, and Masha Chlenova, a curatorial assistant, the show includes many pieces that are on loan from outside museums.

Inventing Abstraction features works by Marsden Hartley (1877-1943), Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), Piet Mondrian (1872-1944), Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944), and many others. While extremely comprehensive, the exhibition draws connections between artists and illustrates the development of abstraction over time.

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