Adventures of the Black Square
Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015
Join us this January for a season of Abstraction at the Whitechapel Gallery. Book now for the epic show Adventures of the Black Square, come on a journey through 100 years of abstract art from 1915 to the present day and see David Batchelor’s multi-screen installations and Bart Lodewijks’ chalk drawings. #AbstractEverywhere
Director Iwona Blazwick introduces a major new exhibition tracing a century of Abstract art from 1915 to today.
Presented chronologically the show follows four themes:
‘Utopia’ is expressed through Malevich’s black square, the progenitor of new aesthetic and political horizons, seized by artists from Vladimir Tatlin to Hélio Oiticica.
‘Architectonics’ presents floating geometries that propose new social spaces as imagined by Lyubov Popova or Piet Mondrian and Liam Gillick.
‘Communication’ spreads the message to the masses in manifestos and avant-garde graphics.
The ‘Everyday’ embeds routines and objects in the aesthetics of progress as observed in a textile by Sophie Taeuber-Arp or the abstract motifs painted on Peruvian lorries captured by Armando Andrade Tudela. Middle Eastern artists such as Nazgol Ansarinia link Modernism with Arabic and Persian decorative arts; while Western artists such as Lewis Baltz, Peter Halley or Jenny Holzer critique economic and political abstraction. Adventures of the Black Square explores how abstract art has travelled worldwide, permeating our life and times.