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Transcript of ABSTRACTION
Jackson Pollock, 'Autumn Rhythm (Number 30),' 1950
Enamel on canvas, 266.7 x 525.8 cm
What happens to subject matter?
or at the very least, gets distorted,
1. 'Action Painting'
2. Exposure to Abstract Artists
3. Zoom in to Kandinsky: Describe and Compare
it's going to get messy.
1. One person plays at any one time
2. At your turn, you will be given an 'action card'
3. Follow that action and paint something on the paper
4. Proceed to the back of the line and watch your classmates play!
how was the experience??
describe your thought process when you received an 'action'
what effect did your 'action' have on the painting?
if you could do anything differently, what would you do?
Jackson Pollock, 'Number 32,' 1950
Enamel on canvas, 457.5 x 269 cm
A spectrum of 'abstraction'
zoom in to
most prominent member of the movement Abstract Expressionism
pioneered his own style of 'action painting,' described as 'all-overness,' 'drip paintings,' 'floor paintings'
the colours he used were often muted and dull
used enamel 'household' paints, and applied them with sticks, hardened brushes, or even directly from the can
Jackson Pollock, 'Number 1 (Lavender Mist),' 1950
Enamel on Canvas, 221 x 300 cm
Piet Mondrian, 'Self-Portrait,' 1900
Oil on canvas, 50.4 x 39.7 cm
Piet Mondrian, 'Composition with Red, Yellow and Blue,' 1937-1942
Oil on canvas, 72.5 x 69 cm
Piet Mondrian, 'Broadway Boogie-Woogie,' 1942-1943
Oil on canvas, 127 x 127 cm
founding member of 'De Stijl,' a Dutch art movement meaning 'The Style'
his paintings were deeply rooted in his spiritual pursuits; to him, horizontal and vertical lines and the basic colours of
were key to achieving harmony, rhythm and purity
Compare Mondrian's paintings to Pollock's.
Name one and one
avoid monotony and emptiness,
create variety out of unity,
create new forms
out of basic material, how much can be achieved by slight modifications if not by
out of often rather
insignificant little formulations.
born in Russia, moved to Germany, and finally to France
founder of 'Der Blaue Reiter' (The Blue Rider) artist group with his friend Franz Marc, named so because both artists loved the color blue, and saw the symbol of a rider as representing the forward-looking dynamism of new art.
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Blue Rider,' 1903
Oil on canvas, 55 x 65 cm
his compositions of lines and flat geometric shapes express his belief in using basic elements of art to bring out the essence of music
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Composition VI,' 1913
Oil on canvas, 195 x 300 cm
Wassily Kandinsky, 'Dominant Curve,' 1936
Oil on canvas, 129.3 x 194.3 cm
What do you see?
What does this make you think about?
Choose which one to do Q1 on
Do Q2 on the other painting
Q3 Personal Response:
I used to think...
But now I think...
Abstraction as a
abstract expressionism (Pollock)
each of these movements and artists explored pushing the boundaries of subject matter to convey actions, ideas, and emotions