The abstract paintings of artist Albert Gleizes (1881 – 1953) often keep strong links with subject matter that inspired them. In Tableau (1921) the image may be based on a female head, possibly that of his wife. Gleizes was a pacifist, but was conscripted into the French army in the First World War. Deeply affected by this experience, he became gravely concerned with the future of society. He thought that artists could help create a better world, not just by making beautiful things, but by offering new ways of seeing.
Vorticism was a short-lived, but radical movement founded by Wyndham Lewis in London just before the First World War. It proposed an art which responded to the energy of the modern world. In Workshop (1914–15), Lewis celebrates the industrial landscape with angles and diagonal lines. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Workshop By Wyndham Lewis→
In 1956, Atsuko Tanaka (1932 – 2005) gave a performance while wearing a sculpture called Electric Dress, which was made from 200 blinking incandescent lightbulbs, and tubes covered in red, blue, yellow and green enamel paint. The concentric circles and circuitous lines of this Untitled painting were directly inspired by that performance. Continue reading Modern Art Monday Presents: Untitled By Atsuko Tanaka→