Non-Objective Art

Non-Objective Art

Non-objective art is a term that includes art devoid of representation or portrayal of recognisable individuals, locations, or objects.

Russian constructivist artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, and sculptor Naum Gabo played pioneering roles in the development of non-objective art. Their inspiration was drawn from the Greek philosopher Plato, who esteemed geometry as the highest form of beauty.

Non-objective art often aspires to represent the spiritual realm, and it carries a moral dimension, symbolising virtues like purity and simplicity. In the 1960s, a collective of American artists, including Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd, adopted the principles of non-objective art. They created highly simplified geometric artworks using industrial materials, elevating them to an aesthetic plane. This artistic movement came to be known as minimal art.

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