Thursday, April 11, 2013

Art Networks


The Museum of Modern Art, in New York, has an extremely lucid and accessible show "Inventing Abstraction" on view. It's full of fascinating and often tessellated or otherwise mathematical works of art. You can see some of them at the exhibition's website.

The network in the screenshot at the top of the post is reproduced at the entrance to the exhibition. It illustrates the extensive connections between the early abstract artists; those the most documented connections are illustrated in red. It's fascinating to look at - you'll identify patterns of geography as well as influence if you look closely. The online version is interactive. Click on Vaslav Nijinsky's name, for example, and you'll find connections to Claude Debussy, which is not surprising, and to Duncan Grant, a connection which was new to me. As was Nijinsky's art on paper, three pieces of which are included in the exhibition.



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