The University of Arizona Museum of Art and Archive of Visual Arts

Beyond the Straight and Narrow

Frank Stella, Star of Persia I, 1967
Josef Albers, Variant VI (From "Ten Variants"), 1966

May 30, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Geometric Abstraction has been present in art for centuries, however Abstraction and its subcategories were at the height of popularity beginning in the twentieth century.  In recent years, there has been a resurgence of Geometric Abstraction among contemporary artists, particularly affiliated with street art. Practitioners such as Maya Hayuk and Barry McGee utilize the form as a way to reference their immediate surroundings, cultural influences, and popular culture.

The genre’s stark patterns and angular shapes are at times symbolic reflections of the worldly effects on the human condition or calculated experiments utilizing color, line, and form. It is in the careful refinement of subject matter that the works of art are reduced to non-objective forms.

Many of the well-known Geometric Abstract creators have works housed in the UAMA collection. Beyond the Straight and Narrow exhibition highlights a selection of Geometric Abstraction as a means to draw attention to the successful pieces produced decades ago that have influenced the contemporaneous trends of today.