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Abstraction can be one of the most intimidating elements of modern art—but does it have to be so scary? There are as many ways of creating abstract art as there are to understanding and appreciating it. This playlist takes you on a tour of how these artists arrive at the ideas that spark their creative works, without taking away from the open-ended experience of encountering them. We've also included a video from the fantastic Art Assignment channel that kicks off our list with some important historical context.
We hope enjoy this invitation to explore—as Etal Adanan puts it, isn't all art abstract?
This collection of artists and artworks highlight art's ability to connect viewers to contemporary issues at a deep and visceral level. Fred Wilson takes a literal hammer to symbols of a racist past, Robert Adams turns a critical eye toward clear-cutting in the Pacific Northwest, and the Ant Farm collective drives a car through a wall of TVs. Julia Scher calls attention to the surveillance state by creating one of her own, Anselm Kiefer considers the emotional and subjective qualities of representing history in art, and many more.
Watch these artists experiment with new methods of portraiture and surprising ways of navigating relationships with subjects. In this playlist, we discover Rafael Lozano-Hemmer's mechanical memorial that preserves a last breath in perpetual motion, Sophie Calle's perhaps unsettlingly intimate photographs of strangers' hotel rooms, Robert Frank's approach to street photography, Michael Jang's fake press pass, Ishiuchi Miyako's obsession with scars, and much more.
What was photography before film and photographic paper? Before shutters and adjustable apertures? The pioneers of the medium had to experiment and invent. They had to build their own precision equipment and mix reactive chemicals. This series explores the intrepid personalities who toiled in the dark to bring the nascent art of photography to light.