Comments on: From Abstract to Abject Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 By: John Holland Wed, 28 Sep 2011 19:56:15 +0000 Thanks for a lucid piece of writing.

I thought the concept of much abstract-ish contemporary work entering the territory via “the back door” was interesting, eg Rachel Whiteread’s sculpture that takes domestic and utilitarian objects and turns then into (semi? psuedo? neo?) minimalist abstractions.
The contemporary value placed on means, rather than ends, is interesting too. One important reason I’ve made increasingly ‘abstract’ work lately is precisely to emphasise the relative autonomy of the end result, the object in front of the viewer, rather than any perceived strategies, literary concepts or mutually agreeable ‘statements’ that might try to justify the work prior to the experience of the picture itself, the means, in other words, as opposed to the ends.

Judging from the accompanying photos here only, it does look as though the first artist is making some work conflating “modern art” and interior design. That does seem a very dull thing indeed to be concerned with.

By: Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:15:43 +0000 I’d have to say that I’m mostly in agreement here. The old gallery standard viewing shuffle has been replaced by a new dance which goes side to side rather than back and forth.