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Lydia Dona

Luhring Augustine | Chelsea

Space: the word itself conjures up all sorts of associations. In the art world, which is but a tiny province in the universe, space has come to be a formal term. For the generation of abstract artists who came of age a decade after World War II, the fabrication of literal or empirical space and the elision of subject matter were the approved goals. If you could achieve an empirical space (or literal surface) that could also be equated with a grand theme, you were carrying the torch once held by such pioneers of abstraction as Kasimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman. However, among younger abstract artists, this linear reading of history and its emphasis on aristocratic lineage seems to have finally run its course. The most apparent sign of the disruption between the generation of artists who established their careers in the '60s and '70s and the younger generation

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