During unit 6, I was assigned to do research on abstract artist, Joan Mitchell. My handout and PowerPoint discusses how her work is an abstraction of reality. They also analyze her inspiration and motivation behind her abstraction. Finally, I an paragraph below my power point, I assert how this abstraction relates to my overall topic of Revolutionary Language.

Before the abstract art movement, realistic paintings were seen as the only acceptable art form. Abstract art changed the way people viewed painting. Abstract artists like Joan Mitchell portrayed scenes of reality through distorted paintings. These painting, while they seem like they are random brushstrokes force us to think of what the artist is trying to say. This relates to a Unit 8 abstract artist we looked at named Gerhard Richter. Richter painted realistic images but then used blur to distort the reality. In both Mitchell and Richter’s work the viewer is forced to consider why the artist made these choices. This allows the viewer to bring their own feelings and thoughts and create a meaning for themselves. This universality is why abstract paintings are communicate and resonate with so many people. Abstract art is a form of language because it talks to the viewer. Realistic painting are only enjoyable on the surface level because the meaning of the painting jumps out at you immediately. Abstract painting have no obvious meaning so the viewer partakes in a dialogue of what the artist decisions mean or represent.

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