Abstraction is a term used to describe art that doesn’t refer to the real world in its imagery. Abstract artists sometimes make use of real forms and figures, but don’t always depict them as they appear in real life.
The works in Towards Abstraction, which runs from 27th May – 16th July in Gallery 13, are less about what is being represented, and more about how. They invite us to think about the artists’ use of line, form, colour and texture, and the way that materials are applied to the surface. Some works are overtly abstract; others are on the boundary of abstraction.
In the twentieth century, developments in photography and experimental art movements like Expressionism and Cubism gradually brought about a move away from purely representational art. Artists no longer needed, or wanted, to use painting as a way to realistically represent the world.
Some abstract artists sought to evoke moods, feelings or ideas in their artworks — capturing emotions or experiences rather than physical reality. Others reached towards a cool, geometric abstraction that had no reference to anything recognisable.
The Williamson has collected abstract and non-figurative art from the post-war period onwards, and this exhibition contains some important examples of work from local and national artists.
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