PRINT October 1968

Serial Imagery

As nature becomes more abstract, a relation is more clearly felt. The new painting has clearly shown this. And that is why it has come to the point of expressing nothing but relations.

—Piet Mondrian

Abstract art or non-pictorial art is as old as this century, and though more specialized than previous art, is clearer and more complete, and like all modern thought and knowledge, more demanding in its grasp of relations.

—Ad Reinhardt

SERIAL IMAGERY IS A TYPE of repeated form or structure shared equally by each work in a group of related works made by one artist. To paint in series, however, is not necessarily to be serial. Neither the number of works nor the similarity of theme in a given group determines whether a painting or sculpture is serial. Rather, seriality is identified by a particular interrelationship, rigorously consistent, of structure and syntax: serial structures are produced

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