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Abstract Art

By Sarah Mihich, Marketing Intern

What are we looking at?

We all have thought it at least once or twice while looking at abstract art. A child could make this .Or how is this considered art? I could easily do this myself! Abstract art is a puzzle and for some there is a nagging desire to figure out what the artist is trying to convey. In an article written by Priscilla Frank, “Your Definitive Guide to Reading A Piece of Abstract Art”, she gives viewers a clearer understanding on how abstract art is actually art.  Viewing abstract art takes patience, creativity, and huge amounts of attention to fully understand the artist message. Frank lists 9 basic steps to keep in mind the next time you are viewing abstract art.

  1. “There’s no code to crack.
  2. Don’t look at the clock
  3. Don’t talk about your five-year-old
  4. Don’t think of a picture, think of a thing
  5. Ditch the questions completely
  6. Don’t stress about getting emotional
  7. Read the wall text
  8. Remember, some artists don’t even know, or care, what their art work means
  9. Think about the fact that all are really abstract. And let your mind be blown”

Now the next trip you make to the modern museum of art, you can hopefully appreciate the work that is in front of you. Do you have any helpful tips to approaching abstract art?

June 23, 2014

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