Abstract art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage ) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world -- even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: colour, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process Abstract art began in 1911 with such works as Picture with a Circle (1911) by the Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky (1866-1944).
Kandinsky believed that colours provoke emotions. Red was lively and confident; Green was peaceful with inner strength; Blue was deep and supernatural; Yellow could be warm, exciting, disturbing or totally bonkers; and White seemed silent but full of possibilities. He also assigned instrument tones to go with each colour: Red sounded like a trumpet; Green sounded like a middle-position violin; Light Blue sounded like flute; Dark Blue sounded like a cello, Yellow sounded like a fanfare of trumpets; and White sounded like the pause in a harmonious melody.
These analogies to sounds came from Kandinsky's appreciation for music, especially that by the contemporary Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951). Kandinsky's titles often refer to the colours in the composition or to music, for example "improvisation."
The French artist Robert Delaunay (1885-1941) belonged to Kandinsky's Blue Rider (Die Blaue Reiter) group, and with his wife, Russian-born Sonia Delaunay-Turk (1885-1979), they both gravitated toward abstraction in their own movement Orphism or Orphic Cubism.
Adrian Ghenie – born (1977), educated and raised in Romania. He has attracted international acclaim with his highly unconventional compositions and stupendous technique. Like a master storyteller, he confidently guides us through images both figurative and abstract, in order to allow us to catch a glimpse of his interpretation of history. Ghenie’s grand themes are power and its abuses, as well as forced exile and migration, which he weaves into suggestive imaginaries by borrowing boldly from the history of both art and cinema.
Above and beyond his gallery exhibitions in England, Germany, Belgium, France, Switzerland and the United States, a number of museums have already dedicated retrospective exhibitions to the young artist. A show at the National Museum for Contemporary Art in Bucharest in late 2009 will be followed, in 2010, by the S.M.A.K. in Ghent. In summer 2009, Hatje Kantz published a first monograph, while the art magazine “Flash Art” published a widely noticed cover story on him in November 2009. A publication on his works on paper is forthcoming.
The question for me is how to create a painting that gives you the intimacy of the movie experience, but at the same time remain a painting" Adrian Ghenie (1977, Baia Mare, Romania) sums up the creative process of his work in this way. CAC Málaga presents for the first time the exhibition of Romanian artist in Spain and by the number of works that make it up is the most important thing that has taken place to date in Europe. In total, 30, small and large format paintings will be.
Some of the recurring issues for the artist are the significant events of recent history, specifically those that refer to the conflict of the 20th century, such as World War II or the cold war. These themes appear in his paintings and are reflected through featured characters who, through their actions, have somehow changed the course of history, although not only at the political level, also in science or art.
For Fernando Francés, director of CAC Málaga: "Adrian Ghenie is a painter who knows how to create suspense, how to direct the scene and also, can provoke in the viewer, that magical mixture of uneasiness and expectation that so many artists want to create, and only a few know."
Ghenie masterfully uses his secrets by striving to leave traces of uncertainty in environmental questions and mysteries unsolved. What you feel in his painting is something like the feeling of being the supporting actor of a thriller, with a sketchy script which is designed to slowly introduce the viewer in the story. The viewer is supporting actor because the main role is restricted to characters that are icons of contemporary history. These icons are people who have changed the rhythm and the speed of history, science and art.
The unique style of the artist exhibits a perception of the historical character which is very different to the stereotypical known image. For example, he shows a deformed face, only with few detectable characteristics that help them be identified. Adolf Hitler (Untiled, 2011), Charles Darwin, and Vincent Van Gogh (Self-Portrait as Vincent Van Gogh 3, 2014) are the protagonists of his paintings. For the artist, sometimes it is necessary to return to the past to understand the present.
In his work, the combination of real images, images taken from documentary photographs, along with personal experiences, form a mental collage that form the starting point for the artist. The political change which lived in Europe in the mid-20th century, with the beginning and end of Nazism, the fall of communism, the bombing and the destruction of cities and intense propaganda of that era resulted in a society with a few experiences and perspectives different from those of the other of historical ages. With strokes of the psychoanalysis, Ghenie tries to rebuild these experiences to better understand all subsequent changes in his paintings.
The artist examines the power that has the image and how it is perceived and remains in the subconscious of people. It serves the collective memory to recreate these experiences, being one of its sources. To do so, has experimented with different sizes of canvases and colours. The artist has also studied painters such as Velázquez and Rembrandt and times as the Renaissance or the Baroque and what it meant in the history of art, although their references are now in contemporary artists. With the passage of time, his work has increased in complexity, evolving towards abstraction in his latest paintings.
Adrian Ghenie was born in Baia Mare, Romania, in 1977. In 2001 he graduated at the University of Art and design in the Romanian city of Cluj. In 2006 he exhibited his first solo gallery Plan b in Cluj and from there was his artistic ascent.
Among the most outstanding exhibitions of the artist are at the
· Museum of contemporary art in Denver in United States (2012 / 2013)
· Museum of contemporary art in Ghent in Belgium (2010 / 2011)
· National Museum of contemporary art in Bucharest in Romania (2009 / 2010).
The exhibitions that the artist's work has been seen among those of Palazzo Grassi in the François Pinault Foundation in Venice, Italy (2011); at the Tate Liverpool in United Kingdom (2008); at the Biennale in Prague in the Czech Republic (2007 / 2009) and at the Biennale in Bucharest in Romania (2008).
Ghenie work also forms part of important public collections, including the at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of contemporary art in Los Angeles; at the Museum of modern art in Antwerp in Belgium; at the Museum of modern art in San Francisco and at the Museum of contemporary art in Ghent. In 2005 he co-founded the Gallery Plan B in Cluj, a space for the production and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as being a Centre for the research of the Romanian art of the last 50 years. Ghenie lives and works between Berlin and Cluj.
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