Thursday, April 8, 2010

Organic Abstraction

From adhesive residue on cement walls to Kuba textiles from Africa, or a modernist German vase to the paintings of American abstractionists Mark Tobey and Brice Marden, ephemeral markings are laden with movement and aesthetic energy.

Adhesive residue on cement, 56th Street in Manhattan

Mark Tobey Wounded Life, 1957

Mark Tobey Hidden Laughter, 1950

Lunda Kuba Cloth with natural background and brown, rust-orange applique

Modernist German vases


Brice Marden Couplet IV, 1988-9

Brice Marden Post Calligraphic Drawing, 1998 via the New York Times

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