Geometric Expressionism celebrates
the intuitive and personal
aspects of works in the tradition
non-objective, hard-edge geometric painting. Since the public furore over the National Gallery's purchase of Barnett Newman's
Voice of Fire in 1990, formalist art has come under attack, perhaps because its appreciation requires an awareness of the roots of
abstraction. The exhibition at the Gallery Alpha confronts these questions with a selection of work by artists who draw upon a variety
of sources from indigenous art and pre-historic designs to futuristic patternings and illusionism.
The roots of geometric
expressionism (a term coined by contributing artist Jas. Felter) reach
back to early abstractionists
Wassily Kandinsky and Frank Kupka who pioneered improvisation with pure colours and shapes. Both artists also drew on their
metaphysical knowledge and became transitional figures from Symbolism to abstraction, painters who could provide a
theoretical and philosophic structure to their abstractions.
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