• Vasily Kandinsky, Color Study—Squares with Concentric Rings, 1913.

Revolution of the modernists

16 January 2013 / , ,

A revolution of form occurred in the early twentieth century that changed the very fabric of art, design, and media into something unimaginable, radical, and revolutionary for the given time—abstraction. Inventing Abstraction: 1910–1925 at the MoMA, examines this now essential ingredient in art-making, exploring the works of artists crucial to the movements unparalleled growth within this short period of time. Works from artists such as Vasily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Theo Van Doesburg, and Fortunato Depero where among my favorites, combining color and form into something rhythmic and interpretive with a timeless quality that makes their work evermore impressive. Although biased towards my favorite period in art and design, this exhibition is a must see, displaying a massive collection of truly original and revolutionary work that has undoubtably changed the face of art and design. See it now through April 15. http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2012/inventingabstraction/.

Vasily Kandinsky, Untitled, 1910.
František Kupka, Localization of Graphic Motifs II, 1912–1913.
Fernand Léger, The Disks, 1918.
El Lissitzky, Proun 1C, 1919.
El Lissitzky, Proun 19D, 1920 or 1921.
Josef Albers, Lattice Picture, 1921.
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism: Airplane Flying, 1915.
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Composition, 1915.
Filippo Tommaso Marinetti, Vive la France, 1914–1915.
Francis Picabia, The Spring, 1912.
Francis Picabia, I See Again in Memory My Dear Udnie, 1914.
Pablo Picasso, Woman With a Mandolin, 1910.
Pablo Picasso, Study for a Construction, 1912.
Vasily Kandinsky, On the Spiritual in Art 1911.
Hans Arp, Pre-dada-design, 1915–1916.
Kurt Schwitters, The Revolving, 1919.
Hans Arp, Dada, 1920.
Kazimir Malevich, Black Cruciform Planes, 1915.
Paul Klee, Vocal Fabric of the Singer Rosa Silber, 1922.
Vasily Kandinsky, Impression III (Concert), 1911.
Anton Giulio Bragaglia, Typist, 1911.
Sonia Delaunay-Terk, Electric Prisms, 1913.
Fortunato Depero, Numerical Warlike Landscape, 1915.
Fortunato Depero, Bells (Onomalinguistic Chart), 1916.
Theo Van Doesburg, Composition VIII (The Cow), 1918.
Theo Van Doesburg, Contra-Construction, 1923.
Marcel Duchamp, Network of Stoppages, 1914.
Natalia Goncharova, Cats (Rayist Percep.[tion] in Rose, Black, and Yellow), 1913.
Vasily Kandinsky, Cover of Der Blaue Reiter, 1914.
Thomas Young, Diagram, 1807.
Marius de Zayas, Femme! (Elle), 1915.
Guillaume Apollinaire, Ship-to-ship Letter, 1914.
Kazimir Malevich, Suprematism, 1915.