2 What is Non Objective Art? Non-objective abstraction – Abstraction which does not refer to an object. Refer to artists such as Jackson Pollack, Hans Hoffman, Mark Rothko, later Wassily Kandinsky.
3 Wassily KandinskyKandinsky lectured and wrote in support of non-objective art, believing that total abstraction offered the possibility for profound spiritual expression. His paintings are considered to be among the first completely abstract compositions in modern art history, as they made no reference to the natural world and were inspired by (and took their titles from) pieces of music. His nonrepresentational paintings paved the way for the development of the Abstract Expressionist movement that dominated American painting after World War II.
4 Jackson PollockJackson Pollock’s work brought together elements of Cubism, Surrealism, and Impressionism, and transcended them all. The famous 'drip paintings' that he began to produce in the late 1940s represent one of the most original bodies of work of the century. At times they could suggest the life-force in nature itself, at others they could evoke man's entrapment - in the body, in the anxious mind, and in the newly frightening modern world.
6 Comment on Mural“Pollock’s possibly writing his name in Mural testifies to an overlooked feature of his works: they have a structure, contrary to the popular notion that they could be done by any 5-year-old with a knack for splatters.In my view, Pollock organized the painting around his name according to a compositional system— vertical markings that serve as the loci of rhythmic spirals—borrowed directly from his mentor, Benton.” Art Historian Henry James
7 Hans HoffmanHans Hoffman was a pioneer in experimenting in the use of improvisation techniques. Known for exuberant, color- filled canvases, and renowned as an influential teacher for generations of artists—first in Germany, then in New York and—Hofmann played a pivotal role in the development of Abstract Expressionism.
8 Mark RothkoMark Rothko moved through many artistic styles until reaching his signature 1950s motif of soft, rectangular forms floating on a stained field of color. Heavily influenced by mythology and philosophy, he was insistent that his art was filled with content, and brimming with ideas. A fierce champion of social revolutionary thought, and the right to self-expression, Rothko also expounded his views in numerous essays and critical reviews.
9 What is Abstraction?Abstraction – begins in reality. Seeks the essence of an object. May be expressed through simplification, stylization, fragmentation, re-assembly, and/or distortion. Refer to artists such as Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, David Hockney, early Wassily Kandinsky
10 Pablo Picasso’s BullsPicasso's art spans various styles from realism to abstraction in both two and three dimensions. Bulls often appear in Picasso's work. He uses them as symbols to represent various ideas: the Spanish people, power, virility, facism, brutality, and his own self image. This series of prints are a master class in how to develop an artwork from a realistic image to an abstract form.
12 Paul KleeKlee has been associated with Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Abstraction, but his pictures are difficult to classify. He generally worked in isolation from his peers, and interpreted new art trends in his own way. He was inventive in his methods and technique. Klee worked in many different media—oil paint, watercolor, ink, pastel, etching, and others. He often combined them into one work.
13 Non Objective DrawingNo recognizable objects or symbols (eyes, peace signs, targets, hearts, etc…...)PRINCIPLES of art are the guiding rulesBalance the amount of white to darkConsider repetitionValue is important: consider all techniquesEMPHASIS can be createdWork from all directions