Art historians Arnauld Pierre and Pascal Rousseau discuss the publication of the reference work L'Abstraction, published by Citadelles et Mazenod.
The emergence of abstraction at the beginning of the 20th century led to a total paradigm shift. This book aims to retrace the epic of these works that emancipate themselves from reality and the major rupture they provoke in the history of art.
Neither absence of the world, nor sacrifice of the meaning, the abstraction aims at a universal language, in close link with the technological mutations of the society carried by the new media, from the photography to the cinema until the video and the revolution of the digital cultures.
This enlarged field of abstract art practices forces us to rethink the global geography of its history and developments, taking into account the worldwide circulation of this adventure of the mind and forms.
From William Turner's watercolors to cybernetic experiments in contemporary art, this journey into abstraction shows on an international scale - from Europe to Japan, via Latin America and the United States - the plurality of forms, practices and concepts that have nourished this quest.
With the support of Société Générale
Photo credit: Éditions Citadelles et Mazenod