PSYCHOLOGICAL ABSTRACTION

HOUSE OF CYPRUS, ATHENS 18.7.1989-16.9.1989

In art and in the world at large, the categories of abstraction and representation have been re-shuffled and redefined. With an ever growing awareness of image manipulation, psychographic marketing, and other aspects of contemporary communication, a new art form that has not yet really been categorized seems to be developing out of this mass-media-shaped consciousness. Contrary to the widespread perception of much of the new art as “cool” and “austere,” most of the best, new art is even more deeply psychologically and emotionally charged.

Psychological Abstraction refers to the interventions created by the artworks in question; these works, neither abstract nor representational, are contemporary, visual objects which express in various ways the influences of today’s culture on the fine arts. As the new understanding of basic nuclear and cell structures informed the revolutionary art of Picasso and Kandinsky, the “alternative realities” and image processing of computer and telecommunications technologies are providing the basis for a new art form that appears to be emerging. These new conditions, dictated by electronic technology, consumer culture, and the mass media, invoke images from our memory and our life experiences in a concrete way, creating various mental sequences.

The same type of tremendous transformations in science, economics, and society that formed the context for the invention of abstract art at the beginning of the century is again providing the foundation for a new vision in art. The new visual phenomena have so modified the terms of our perception and behavior that we cannot help but approach these works of art through a different criteria from those previously established. The works which make up the exhibition pose these problems indirectly and allow observers the freedom to provide their own interpretation according to their individual, psychological, and intellectual dispositions.

INCLUDES THE WORKS OF:
  • JOHN ARMLEDER
  • Nicos Baikas
  • ALAN BELCHER
  • GRETCHEN BENDER
  • MARY CARLSON
  • GRENVILLE DAVEY
  • WALLACE & DONAHUE
  • MARCEL DUCHAMP
  • NANCY DWYER
  • FISCHLI & WEISS
  • Günther Förg
  • ROBERT GOBER
  • JOE GOODE
  • Thomas Grünfeld
  • TI SHAN HSU
  • CHRISTINA IGLESIAS
  • HAROLD KLIKNGELHOLLER
  • JEFF KOONS
  • GEORGE LAPPAS
  • ANNETTE LEMIEUX
  • PIERO MANZONI
  • Juan Muñoz
  • MAN RAY
  • ROB SCHOLTE
  • THOMAS SCHUTTE
  • MARK STAHL
  • PHILIP TAAFFE
  • KATHLEEN THOMAS
  • ROSEMARIE TROCKEL
  • MEYER VAISMAN
  • JAN VERCRUYSSE
CURATED BY: Jeffrey Deitch