9VAnon-objective paintin

Non Objective Non Representational Non Figurative Abstraction

What reasons do painters have for using this visual language system?

http://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/work/215.2000/ 'Untitled', 1998, is a similarly reductive work. It employs squared concentric elements, of a kind of geometry that had been eschewed by Pintupi artists in the 1970s and 1980s because it referred too closely to the secret patterns of the men's realm. In this work the squared elements are arranged in an informal grid. At the upper left of the work, just one square is left unfilled, begging us to question whether this was deliberate: its effect is of total visual power. John Kean in 'Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004 © Art Gallery of New South Wales
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