Deste Foundation, House of Cyprus, Athens
In art and in the world at large, the categories of abstraction and representation have been re-shuffled and redefined. With an ever growing awareness of image manipulation, psychographic marketing, and other aspects of contemporary communication, a new art form that has not yet really been categorized seems to be developing out of this mass-media-shaped consciousness. Contrary to the widespread perception of much of the new art as “cool” and “austere,” most of the best, new art is even more deeply psychologically and emotionally charged.
Psychological Abstraction refers to the interventions created by the artworks in question; these works, neither abstract nor representational, are contemporary, visual objects which express in various ways the influences of today’s culture on the fine arts. As the new understanding of basic nuclear and cell structures informed the revolutionary art of Picasso and Kandinsky, the “alternative realities” and image processing of computer and telecommunications technologies are providing the basis for a new art form that appears to be emerging. These new conditions, dictated by electronic technology, consumer culture, and the mass media, invoke images from our memory and our life experiences in a concrete way, creating various mental sequences.
The same type of tremendous transformations in science, economics, and society that formed the context for the invention of abstract art at the beginning of the century is again providing the foundation for a new vision in art. The new visual phenomena have so modified the terms of our perception and behavior that we cannot help but approach these works of art through a different criteria from those previously established.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
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76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
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Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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