For half a century, the art world's chattering class — critics and curators, mostly — has been declaring abstraction dead and buried. In the '60s, there was pop art, which was thought to be edging out abstraction. In the '70s, it was neo-dada and postmodernism. The '80s saw the development of neo-expressionism, while conceptual realism was declared the winner in the '90s. But all along, abstract artists — not only in painting and sculpture, but in various new media including video and installation — refused to cooperate. Now, in the early 21st century, abstraction is as strong as ever, and if you don't believe it, look to the just-closed Whitney Biennial or last year's Biennale in Venice. Or, more conveniently, run down to Robischon Gallery or to Goodwin Fine Art to see how new abstraction, mostly conceptual abstraction,... More >>>
"Untitled (Draped Structure)," by Derrick Velasquez, wood and vinyl.