Imagined as the expression of a more humanistic, spiritual quest that began simultaneously in europe and the united States after World War II, the concept of Informalism refers to the unformed or shapeless; it’s most often related to a spontaneous gesture or new technique rather than to any preconceived idea. The term, coined in 1952 by art critic Michel Tapié in an essay entitled “Un Art Autre” (‘Art of Another Kind’), quickly became popular as a style that embraces the subjective and expressive, refusing the intellectual and or geometric compositions found in Cubism and Abstract Art. Works expressing this ideal sprouted up all over France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain, especially in movements such as Abstraction Lyrique (Action painting), Abstract expressionism, Zero, CoBrA, Gutaï and Tachism. Each of these groups represents a different geographic take on the same widespread feeling of horror at the absurdity and violence of daily existence, which seemed to have lost its charm. The forefathers of Informalism all sought to prove, through their art, that experience outweighs knowledge in a world that is being constantly reinvented.
The way we see it, Informalism was and is an alternative, an ‘artistic road less travelled’; a ‘bountiful beyond’ that rejects the simplistic vision of a creation; defining it only in abstract and figurative terms.
INFORMED: Art Informel and the Contemporary Structure
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Exhibition: 2 - 31 October 2015
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