Video Archive | Kazimir Malevich (2)

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Volkan Alkanoglu presents his personal inspirations from architecture, art, photography, and fashion, including Malevich's Black...
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Robert Irwin discusses the radical transformation of the aesthetics and issues of the world over that last hundred years,...

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December 5, 1990 | Video Lecturer:

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Robert Irwin discusses the radical transformation of the aesthetics and issues of the world over that last hundred years, presenting the work of Jacques-Louis David as an example of the past and Kazimir Malevich as an example of the new. The development of Piet Mondrian’s work demonstrates how the traditional pictorial approach to art was stripped down in seeking a phenomenological approach that deals with qualitative description rather than quantitative. Irwin draws four principles of phenomenological art from Mondrian including change, energy, positive space, and non-hierarchical order. In this way of viewing things events are conditional and actively resolved through perception, as relations replace composition and mass replaces shape. In this sense, no artist has ever tried to make an abstract painting in so far as what has changed is our concept of what constitutes the real.