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This week’s Modern Art Notes Podcast features Museum of Modern Art curator Leah Dickerman and her new exhibition, “Inventing Abstraction 1910-1925: How a Radical Idea Changed Modern Art.”
The show excavates the origins of abstraction — both in Europe and in America — and tells the story of how networks between artists and a new age of communication and inter-disciplinary practice and awareness helped fuel experimentation.
One of the best things about Dickerman’s exhibition is that it argues that women were deeply involved in the push toward abstraction. Witness Russian Liubov’ Popova, a wealthy Russian who worked her way past cubism to geometric abstraction.
Image: Liubov’ Popova, Painterly Architectonic (detail), 1917. Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
"Constructivism" tag is awesome.
Not a massive art fan, but this was a style of art mainly used in propoganda and architecture, after the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, early 1930s or so. The architecture is stunningly bold and crazy, and the posters have a certain strange quality.
(spam happening around now)