= The Crawford Arts Review: Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015

Monday, 23 March 2015

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015

An adventurous title for an exhibition – and the Whitechapel Gallery's marvellous follow-up to Tate Modern's Kazimir Malevich exhibition last year. You have until Easter Monday, 6 April, to see it.

Since the Whitechapel's exhibition covers the last 100 years of abstract art it isn't tiny. Allow yourself plenty of time: once you've bought your ticket you can exit for breathers, visits to the bookshop, or snacks and cups of tea from the Gallery's restaurant. And be prepared for the eye – itself a globe, its inner structures referred to as rods and cones – to react powerfully to these external geometrics.

Here's what the exhibition's catalogue says:

Adventures of the Black Square: Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015


Edited by Iwona Blazwick and Magnus Af Petersen

With essays by Tanya Barson, Briony Fer, Jiang Jiehong and Tom McDonough

"Exploring how the universal visual language of geometric abstraction relates to society and politics, Adventures of the Black Square  traces a century of abstract art from 1915 to the present day, encompassing sculpture, film, photography, and painting. Beautifully illustrated in colour with works by almost 100 artists including Carl Andre, David Batchelor, Dan Flavin, Andrea Fraser, Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Gabriel Orozco, Hélio Oiticica, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Rosemarie Trockel, Theo Van Doesburg, Zhao Yao and Andrea Zittel, the book also demonstrates how the movement’s revolutionary aesthetic continues to impact culture across the globe, presenting a chronological survey extending from Russia to Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, and the US."

A co-publication between Prestel and Whitechapel Gallery.
Paperback, 288 pages, 230 x 275 mm
ISBN 978-3-7913-6595-4
First published 2015
Late Night Openings: Friday 27 & Saturday 28 March, 11am–9pm
Friday 3 & Saturday 4 April, 11am–9pm

ticketed book on T +44 (0)20 7092 9895

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