The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

Episode 211: Meaning in Abstraction

July 10th, 2022  •  35 mins 11 secs  •  Download (48.3 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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Abstract art --especially the kind that has no identifiable imagery-- may appear to have little meaning to the viewer beyond its purely visual appeal. Certainly, we can admire and respond to abstraction without needing a story or an explanation, as long as our eyes are intrigued or delighted, and that is an important way it can be appreciated. But in fact, ideas, emotions, and other points of reference lie behind even the most purely abstract work. Today we will consider the ideas that compel abstract artists and guide them in their work.