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Why Abstract Paintings Should be at Our Homes, Offices and What The Abstract Art Does to You, to Us?

Why Abstract Paintings Should be at Our Homes, Offices and What The Abstract Art Does to You, to Us?

 

Abstract art is a term that isn't very well understood for those that aren't really involved in the world of art. As such, abstract paintings and abstract expressionism are often looked askance at. However, even if people don't understand abstract paintings or other forms of abstract expressionism in academic terms, they often have an intrinsic sense of what the artist is trying to convey. They "get it" as some fans of abstract art might say. That's the main reason that abstract art really should have its own place in people's homes, offices and in other settings; because abstract art, abstract paintings and abstract expressionism is still art, and worthy of being displayed as such.

 

What is Abstract Art, Exactly?

 

The easy way to explain abstract art and abstract expressionism is that they are a divergence from more traditional, representative art seen in the Western world. From practically the Renaissance up until the nineteen hundreds, the idea was that art had to look like what it was trying to portray. That's called representational art. Even the ancient Greeks and Romans would carve sculptures, make paintings, friezes, etc. that was all supposed to be a literal interpretation of a thing. In other words, representational art actually looks like something. Abstract paintings often don't, and that's why a lot of people might dismiss them out of hand.

 

However, if abstract expressionism is not representational, then the question remains; what is it? Well, the short answer is that abstract art uses a different sort of artistic language to convey to the viewer what is happening. Abstract paintings and abstract expressionism use things like the suggestion of shape, color, patterns and even geometry to create a general impression in the person that's viewing the abstract art in question. This is true for sculptures, murals, abstract paintings and practically any other form of abstract expressionism out there.

 

How Abstract is Abstract Art?

 

Some people, when they think of abstract paintings or abstract expressionism, immediately think of single spots of paint in the middle of white canvases or huge splashes of paint across walls with no apparent rhyme or reason to them. While it's true that these are definitely abstract paintings, that doesn't mean all forms of abstract expressionism have to be that extreme in their disregard of traditional, representational style. Many artists do choose to go that route, but it is by no means required in order for art to be considered abstract art.

 

There are degrees when it comes to abstract art. For instance, Picasso has created some of the most famous abstract paintings in the world. And while Picasso's abstract paintings might seem strange or confusing, there is often a very definite sense of the mood or subject that he was trying to capture. Other artists that have either dabbled in or been famous for abstract expressionism though can convey only a sense or an idea; their abstract art is so abstract that is seems to have no form or figure, and thus is completely divorced from the idea of representationalism at all.

 

What is the Value of Abstract Art?

 

When it comes to abstract paintings and other forms of abstract expressionism the word value can sometimes get misinterpreted. When someone is discussing the value of abstract art, they are not usually discussing the amount of money someone would pay for abstract paintings or a piece of abstract expressionism. Instead, the question is meant to reflect on the value of abstract expressionism as a contribution to art, and to human emotion, culture and understanding. That is, surprisingly for some people, where abstract paintings and other forms of abstract art really shine.

 

Abstract paintings, unlike a representational painting, could be seen as delivering a raw emotion or idea that hasn't been packaged in a form that dumbs it down or dulls its impact. In addition to abstract paintings, one could argue that nearly any form of abstract expressionism conveys the same kind of power. The artist wanted to make sure the audience saw into his or her head, and saw no reason to wrap that idea or emotion in a human form or to paint it in a scene that could really exist. Instead, he or she chose to use abstract art to convey the idea in a faster vehicle that would shoot straight from the hip.

 

Does Abstract Expressionism Belong in Homes, Offices, Etc.?

 

The question of whether or not abstract expressionism, abstract art and abstract paintings have a place in people's homes and workplaces is a silly one. Who wants to work or live in a place that's bereft of art? If someone happens to prefer abstract expressionism or abstract paintings over more traditional forms of representational art, then that is a personal choice. However, many times using abstract art to decorate a place is just as much a marketing decision as a personal one.

 

Often times, abstract expressionism or abstract paintings can lend a friendly atmosphere to a location such as a waiting room or a lobby. Additionally, if a business or building wants to seem more cultured, it might choose abstract art over traditional art to help achieve that image. Additionally, many modern companies have a logo that would be considered abstract art, and they might choose to use it as a decoration in the form of abstract expressionism. Alternatively, plastering the logo on the walls would be a larger than life solution for abstract paintings.

 

Art is Art, is Art

 

When it comes down to it, abstract paintings and abstract expressionism is just one ship in the vast sea of art. Abstract art is a choice that many people make and enjoy. They feel that abstract paintings convey important messages, or they enjoy the unusual contours of sculptures and even furniture that falls into abstract expressionism. However, that doesn't make abstract art, abstract paintings or abstract expressionism any inherently better or worse than any other form of artistic expression. They are a choice, and a choice that can often have great results for people.

 

Of course, just because someone chooses to decorate his or her home with abstract paintings, that doesn't mean that person, is only allowed to enjoy abstract art from that point onward. In fact, many people who like abstract expressionism may also enjoy realistic paintings and more traditional forms of art. Art isn't a sports team; people can like a wide variety of art as suits their tastes. Additionally, some people might like abstract art when they're younger, and then grow out of a love of abstract paintings or abstract expressionism as they advance in years. Some people might not like it at all when they're younger, and then grow to appreciate it as they age. It takes all kinds, and it should be appreciated for what it does to the viewers who stop long enough to listen when this form of art has something to say.              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by Mirek Jan Bialy on 4/22/13 | tags: abstract Art office







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