Some artists abstracted from objects, people, and places that inspired them. Others composed pictures of formal elements only. With no recognizable connection to the real world, these works are known as non-objective art. Think of this type of art as the equivalent to music. Although early abstract artists were met with criticism, they spearheaded a revolution in the visual arts that developed and influenced artists throughout Europe, America, and Latin America.
This exhibition presents a range of abstract possibilities, from the biomorphic (abstraction reminiscent of living forms) to the geometric, demonstrating the many variants of abstract printmaking throughout the Americas in the 20th century. Some works include figurative elements, but they are portrayed in imaginative rather than literal ways. Strong, energetic line and gesture are key elements that unite these artworks across geographies and over time.
Poetry in Motion is organized by Phoenix Art Museum. It is made possible through the generosity of donors to the Museum’s annual fund.
Clinton Adams, Second Hand Store II (Tienda de segunda mano II) (detail), 1953. Lithograph. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum, Purchased with funds provided by R. and G. Miller.
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