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Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and Its Conditions

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Red Cell River, 2007 Painting 48"x60"
Speculative Materialism: Abstract Art and Its Conditions
Curated by: Grant Vetter

218 N Promenade
Long Beach, CA 90802
April 7th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
Opening: April 9th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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long beach
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abstract, sculpture
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free!

DESCRIPTION

This survey of seventeen abstract artists looks at how abstraction has become a speculative practice in the wake of postmodernism. At the level of form many of the artists included in this show mix different mediums, participate with site-specific concerns and embrace an aesthetic that doesn’t view the architectonic and the organic as mutually exclusive.

Outside of these formal similarities each of the artists in this survey is invested in negotiating a distinct set of conceptual problems that range from kitsch to technology to entropy and beyond. While there is no defining ethos for twenty-first century abstraction the artists in this exhibition continue to provide a relevant set of conditions for continuing to speculate about the nature of the abstract.