galerie frank albaz presents "Meandering, Abstractly" opening reception
For decades after MoMA’s 1936 exhibition, "Cubism and Abstract Art," Alfred Barr’s iconic diagram was the image of modern art’s history: a series of –isms hung on a genealogical tree, from post-Impressionism to Surrealism. In 2013, the same institution envisaged a 21st century update, more interlacing network than hereditary branches. Taking its cue from this expanded, non-linear view, "Meandering, Abstractly" re-visits postwar European abstraction via less well-known routes: Zagreb and Peru, instead of Paris, and Düsseldorf.
The show’s basic question is this: How did artists like Julije Knifer, Mangelos, Martin Barré, Bernard Piffaretti, and Sheila Hicks come to re-interpret the legacies of Malevitch, Mondrian, Max Bill, and Josef Albers in such unexpected and highly original ways, leading them to produce works whose extraordinary inventiveness is due in no small part to the unique historical and geographic circumstances of their creation.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through March 25.