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- DescriptionInspired by the Sheldon Museum of Art's holdings in geometric abstraction, this book introduces adventurous new thinking about a visual approach that has captivated both artists and viewers for more than a century. Four richly illustrated essays explore the European genesis of geometric abstraction, its translation into an American context, and its current direction, charting the style's aesthetic, intellectual, and social implications. Sharon L. Kennedy's essay draws on the Sheldon's collection to trace the style's beginnings and its various transformations by twentieth-century American artists. Peter Halley invokes contemporary theory in rethinking how postmodern artists engage with geometry while challenging its most basic presumptions. Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe delves into the work of four contemporary artists who are taking geometry in new directions, and Jorge Daniel Venecia reveals the persistent manner in which theorists and defenders of geometric abstraction have obscured aspects of its history and contributed to the esoteric aura of modern art. Featured throughout are full-color reproductions of art from both the Sheldon and private collections, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by diverse artists such as Ilya Bolotowsky, Carmen Herrera, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Piet Mondrian, Odili Donald Odita, Frank Stella, and Charmion von Wiegand.
- Author BiographyJorge Daniel Veneciano is the director of the Sheldon Museum of Art. He is the coeditor of Fabulous Harlequin: ORLAN and the Patchwork Self (Nebraska, 2010) and the editor of Neo-Constructivism: Art, Architecture, and Activism and Play's the Thing: Reading the Art of Jun Kaneko.
- Author(s)Sheldon Museum of Art
- PublisherUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Date of Publication01/07/2012
- SubjectFine Arts / Art History
- Series TitleAmerican Transnationalism: Perspectives from the Sheldon Museum of Art
- Place of PublicationLincoln
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Nebraska Press
- Content Note99 plates, 39 figures
- Weight1157 g
- Width229 mm
- Height305 mm
- Spine18 mm
- Edited byJorge Daniel Veneciano
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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