In 1936, in the exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art that he organizes at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Alfred Barr distinguished two branches in the art of his time, geometric abstract art on the one hand, the other non-geometric abstract art, which he also describes as biomorphic.
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|Publisher||In Fine / Galerie Le Minotaure|
|Number of pages||187|
|Language||Bilingue Français / English|
|Dimensions||280 x 245|
|Technique(s)||Illustrations : 120|
He characterizes the latter as "proceeding [from] intuition and emotion rather than intellect", "present [ing] organic or biomorphic rather than geometric forms" and being "curvilinear rather than rectilinear, decorative rather than structural and romantic rather than classical in its exaltation of the mystic, the spontaneous and the irrational ". This last enumeration opens to abstraction, as we can see, a plurality of dimensions, far beyond a questioning which would only be of a formal order.
Thus, it is possible to consider and bring together, in the same movement, artists with such diverse backgrounds as Jean Arp, Auguste Herbin, André Masson, Jean Hélion, Yves Tanguy, Etienne Beothy, Wolfgang Paalen, Léon Tutundjian and Georges Valmier. or Laszlo Moholy Nagy and thereby to overcome the very marked divisions of their time: and to suggest with this book another possible reading of modernity.
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