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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 12/20/2012

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925: 'A Dizzying, Magisterial Cornucopia'

In the December 20 New York Times, Roberta Smith writes, "In the second decade of the 20th century, abstraction became the holy grail of modern art. It was pursued with feverish intent by all kinds of creative types in Europe, Russia and elsewhere, responding to assorted spurs: Cubism and other deviations from old-fashioned realism, the beautiful whiteness of the blank page, communion with nature, spiritual aspirations, modern machines and everyday noise.
Painters, sculptors, poets, composers, photographers, filmmakers and choreographers alike ventured into this new territory, struggling to sever Western art’s age-old link with legible images, narrative logic, harmonic structure and rhyme. It was a thrilling, terrifying process, and in terms of the history of art, it is one of the greatest stories ever told. Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925, a dizzying, magisterial cornucopia opening on Sunday at the Museum of Modern Art, captures something of that original thrill and terror, in a lineup of works that show artists embracing worldliness and, in some cases, withdrawing into mystical purity. The show brings new breadth and detail and a new sense of collectivity to a familiar tale that is, for the Modern, also hallowed ground." Featured image, Fernand Léger's "Contrast of Forms" (1913), is reproduced from Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925.

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK
Hbk, 9.5 x 12 in. / 376 pgs / 446 color.

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