Galerie van der Mieden, Rue Antoine Dansaertstraat 196, 1000 Brussels (BE)
Opening: 2014/09/12 18:00
Egon Van Herreweghe
Starting point for this group exhibition is the artistic practice of Alain Biltereyst and Dirk Vander Eecken, who we represent at the gallery. Both of them are, in their own way, occupied with abstraction in painting. Abstraction in art has a rich history. In the successive modern movements of the 20th century, different ideas and manifestations of abstraction appeared in artists’ works. In the ‘10 and ‘20 European artists like Robert Delaunay, Vasily Kandinsky and Francis Picabia presented the first abstract paintings. After the second World War Abstract Expressionism emerged in New York where Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Barnett Newman developed a new abstraction. Though a lot of key figures where emigres, like Mark Rothko and Hans Hofmann, … it was art’s first definitively American movement. The successive movements generated a range of categorizations: Hard-Edge, Colour Field painting, Geometric abstraction, Op-art, Post-painterly abstraction, … . With this groupshow we present five artists with a unique take on abstract painting. The exhibition, in its variety, confronts us with the art historical and theoretical aspects of abstraction and its contemporary developments.