Searching for the Invisible

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  • Title: Searching for the Invisible: Some Remarks on Spirituality in Contemporary Polish Abstract Painting
  • Author(s): Agnieszka Tes
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Arts in Society
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Arts Theory and History
  • Keywords: Abstraction, Painting, Spirituality, Transcendence
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 3
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2326-9952 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-1779 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i03/9-16
  • Citation: Tes, Agnieszka. 2018. "Searching for the Invisible: Some Remarks on Spirituality in Contemporary Polish Abstract Painting." The International Journal of Arts Theory and History 13 (3): 9-16. doi:10.18848/2326-9952/CGP/v13i03/9-16.
  • Extent: 8 pages

Abstract

The question of spirituality in abstract painting is well-recognised by historians of art. In present-day Poland, the phenomenon of artistic concern for a spiritual dimension seems to be notably vivid and heterogeneous. It is developing in some painting trends—geometric, meditative, and expressive. Many abstract artists refuse to follow the direction set by the “official” art world and create artworks that lead to transcendence and contemplation. I would like to show some representative examples of this attitude, starting from classical and influential realisations, but also choosing the newest, less well-known creations. I will discuss the problem of the visual language that the artists use to penetrate spirituality as well as the question of colour and form that are of fundamental importance in non-representative painting. I also place the selected artworks in the theoretical context made by the artists themselves and by philosophers such as J. J. Wunenburger and J. L. Marion.