Introducing Abstraction: The Language of Lines, Shapes and Colours
In the period following independence, some artists also began to actively incorporate principles of abstraction in their work, as a part of their experimentations, and efforts towards further developing their visual vocabularies. Abstract art often elicits varied responses from audiences. Some people find that such works can be intriguing even as they might seem tricky to read. Others reckon with how seemingly basic forms or gestures can convey ideas in ways that might go beyond what more naturalistic or figurative works of art evoke. Through this Topic, we will develop some tools to read the forms and elements that make up abstract works of art, and how they can convey different kinds of meaning. It is worth noting that while abstraction has been considered solely Euro-American to some critics, it was in fact intimately connected to developments in Indian art and remains relevant across artistic practices in the region today. Click on the video below to get started!
As we study Indian art’s turn towards modern abstraction, as well as consider two unique approaches to it in this Topic, the following articles will be useful if you wish to delve deeper.