What is Abstract Art
Abstract art has been with us in one form or another for almost a century now and has proved to be not only a long-standing crux of cultural debate but a self-renewing, vital tradition of creativity. We know that it works, even if we’re still not sure why that’s so, or exactly what to make of that fact.
You may like abstract art outright, hate it or not understand exactly what it is, but since you’ve started reading this, I can at least assume you’re curious about this perplexing art form that evades definition and artistic classification.
Abstract art has been around for well over 100 years—some might even assert that abstraction started with the infamous abstract idea of an eight-legged bison found in cave paintings thousands of years ago—and has held its own against changing art movements, manifestos and testimonials to its demise through all these years. I believe
I believe the continuing interest in abstract art lies in its ability to inspire our curiosity about the reaches of our imagination and the potential for us to create something completely unique in the world.
A major obstacle to making an abstract artwork is the barrier in your mind that questions whether abstract art is a legitimate art form—legitimate for you at least. This block may be because you still wonder, “Is abstract art really ‘art’ at all?” Possibly you think you have to master realism before you can work abstractly? Or it could be that you worry your friends and family won’t approve?
The quick answers to these queries are as follows:
1. Historically, abstract art is a “legitimate” art form, and that judgment was settled well over a century ago.
2. No, you don’t have to earn a diploma in realism before you make abstract art; and no one checks your “artistic license” credentials at the door.
3. If you routinely did everything your friends and family approved of, you probably wouldn’t even consider making art at all, worrying about the dreaded, “You can’t please everybody all the time,” block which haunts artists throughout their careers.
Still, there is our frustration with the fact that there’s no universal agreement to the answer of the question: What is abstract art? What’s important here is to look at that artistic dilemma as an opportunity rather than a roadblock. The opportunity is that abstract art can mean anything you want it to in your personal work , giving you boundless territory to create.
In Conclusion: What is Abstract Art?
Keep in mind artists of whatever stripe are rebels against the grain of society no matter what you choose to do, and you should think of making abstract art as an outsider’s merit badge that sets you apart from the crowd.