It is enticing to see the years 1912–25 and 1947–70 as the golden periods of abstract art. And it is not wrong in saying that the present revival of abstraction is no more than a silver age. The truth is, there is vast amount of appealing abstract art being made today. The finest thing about it is that it is every bit is as good as the abstract art of the past. So, we can conclude that right now is the golden age of abstract art in New York, and in other cities of the world.
The artists in the field of abstract oil painting in New York see abstract art fall into basic six categories. They are cosmologies, landscapes, anatomies, fabrics, architecture and signs. Out of them, the first three are responses to nature and the other three to culture. We will talk about the first three categories here in detail.
Cosmologies abstract art is a modern art assuming main three forms: orbs, orbits and constellations. For example, Chris Martin’s cagelike constellation is reminiscent of the Web Age. It reflects the promises of total connectivity and its threat of nonstop surveillance. Many abstract artists use this form of art. Some of the artists using cosmological imagery include Olafur Eliasson, Iole de Freitas, Bill Komoski, Albert Oehlen, Matthew Ritchie and Peter Schuyff.
Landscape is the second category and is a response to nature. The artists use translucent colors and give a modulated shading look to the art. Their works look like photographs. Today, many artists in the field of abstract art in New York use new technology of digital animation to transform trees, vines and branches into writing abstract arabesques. Landscape-linked imagery also appears in the abstract work of Tara Donovan, Stephen Ellis, Anoka Faruqee, Jacqueline Humphries and Shirley Kaneda.
Anatomies is a category of abstract art which depicts the image of the human body. However, the abstract anatomies of N.Y. abstract artists rarely correspond to the image of entire human body. Instead, their art work is inclined to target at individual body parts or internal organs. The masterwork of artist Tim Hawkinson is a huge fitting of floating bladders linked by long intestinal tubes, appropriately titled Uberorgan. Among other painters, Sue Williams has designed throbbing over works of sexual organs. You can also find bodily images in the abstract paintings of Ghada Amer,Ross Bleckner, Chakaia Booker and Cecily Brown.
Today, most of the popular abstract artists are using new technology and advancement to make their work famous. For them, abstraction is a way of thinking about our future.
“TAZ #13” by Chris Martin, 2013. Copyright by Chris Martin. Image reproduced under Fair Use Practices for purposes of information and instruction.
“Transplanted” by Tara Donovan, 2001. Private Collection, New York. Copyright Tara Donovan. Image reproduced under Fair Use Practices for purposes of information and instruction.
“Snow White Without the Dwarves” by Ghada Amer. Copyright Ghada Amer. Image reproduced under Fair Use Practices for purposes of information and instruction.