Lecture by Dr. Karen L. Schiff

Abstraction in the Public Sphere

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imageBleed, digital photos, 2014-2016

Artist/theorist Karen Schiff will consider selected abstract paintings from the 20th and 21st centuries as responses to social conditions. Artists such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Yayoi Kusama, and Agnes Martin can be seen as offering visual reflections on world events, and as formulating new conceptual frameworks for making sense of our rapidly changing culture. The lecture concludes with speculations on very recent phenomena in international politics and non-representational painting such as “zombie abstraction” and a linguistic ambiguity in political discourse, and suggests some political roles for abstract art.

imageWhite Is Never White, chine colle an… 18x12,” 2004