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Figurative Abstraction

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What is figurative abstraction?

Figurative abstraction, a compelling fusion within contemporary art, amalgamates elements of the real world with abstract forms, offering viewers a unique, interpretative visual experience. This genre balances the line between recognizable figures and abstracted, often distorted representations, enabling artists to explore emotional depth, psychological complexity, and narrative ambiguity. Through the mediums of painting, prints, photography and sculpture, figurative abstraction serves as a versatile platform for artistic expression, transcending traditional boundaries to evoke profound personal and collective responses. Prominent examples for figurative abstraction, also called abstract figuration, are Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz and Georg Baselitz.

Cecily Brown, a renowned figure in this movement, utilizes the fluidity of painting to weave together scenes teeming with life, where the distinction between the figurative and the abstract blurs into energetic, tumultuous landscapes and figures of color and form. Her work invites an immersive exploration of human desires and the chaotic beauty of existence. She once stated: “I often avoid using the terms ‘figuration’ and ‘abstraction’ because I’ve always tried to have it both ways. I want the experience of looking at one of my paintings to be similar to the process of making the painting – you go from the big picture to something very intense and detailed, and then back again.”

Dana Schutz, on the other hand, employs a more direct narrative approach, infusing her paintings and prints with humor, horror, and fantasy. Schutz’s figures are contorted and reimagined in vibrant, surreal settings that challenge perceptions of reality and fiction, prompting viewers to question the very nature of human experience. Georg Baselitz brings a distinct perspective to figurative abstraction through his revolutionary practice of inverting his imagery. This disorientation forces a detachment from literal interpretations, allowing the viewer to engage with the work’s formal aspects—color, shape, and composition—before reconciling these elements with the recognizably human forms that emerge from Baselitz’s abstractions.

The contributions of Brown, Schutz, and Baselitz to the field of figurative abstraction are emblematic of the genre’s capacity to bridge the gap between the concrete and the conceptual. This movement, while firmly rooted in the advancements of modern and contemporary art, continues to evolve, reflecting the ongoing dialogue between artists and the ever-shifting landscapes of culture and society. Their work, a testament to the enduring power of figurative abstraction, invites ongoing scholarly examination and public engagement, underscoring the genre’s significant role in the broader tapestry of art history.

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