The ancient Greek philosopher Plato argued that geometry is the highest form of beauty. While that seems like a sweeping generalization, Geometric Abstract Art is deeply satisfying, and it has been a major force in the art world in both the 20th and 21st centuries.
The origins of Geometric Abstraction date to Kazimir Malevich and his Supremacist Manifesto of 1915. In his manifesto Malevich championed “the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts.” His iconic compositions, Black Square, 1915 and White on White, 1918 are considered the first paintings created with non-objective pure geometric abstraction. Artists Piet Mondrian, Theo Van Doesburg, Josef Albers, Ad Rinehart, Sol Lewitt, Frank Stella, Bridget Riley and Stanley Whitney are all part of Geometric Abstraction’s lineage. Their work embraces a vocabulary of angles, circles and squares.
Our exhibition, Geometric Abstraction, features seven works including a Prunella Clough from 1974, three Gerald Jackson’s from c. 1972-1980, (Jackson influenced fellow African-American and current art world darling, Stanley Whitney), a 1980 Thornton Willis titled Black Wedge, and two Stephen Westfall’s; Tabernacle from 1999 and El Norte from 2006. There are two distinct strands of Geometric Abstraction, the hard-edged Apollonian work which is defined by pattern, rhythm and structure, and the Dionysian which is “soft edge.” Westfall’s El Norte is hard edge, his Tabernacle straddles the two and all of Gerald Jackson’s and Thornton Willis’s paintings are a celebration of their artist’s unique gestural qualities and hand work so typical of “soft edge” Geometric Abstraction.
Our exhibition, Geometric Abstraction is on view at Andrea S. Keogh Art & Design, LLC from Saturday, November 5 – Sunday, December 19, 2021. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 11th from 6-8 pm. Please visit us at 59 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, RI. Open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 10-5 and by appointment. We look forward to your visit!