Adventures of the Black Square
The Whitechapel Gallery’s newest exhibition is taking a trip through abstract art. Taking Kazimir Malevich’s 100-year-old painting of a black square as a starting point. The show presents four themes in chronological order including, ‘Utopia’ featuring Malevich’s black square and artwork from Vladimir Tatlin, the man behind The Monument to the Third International. ‘Architectonics’ introduces works from Piet Mondrian and Liam Gillick whose geometric artworks proposed new social spaces and finally The ‘Everyday’ looks at the use of routine objects and abstract motifs through work by Sophie Taeuber-Arp and those who strive to critique the economic and political, such as a Jenny Holzer.
Holzer is a particular favourite around the Jack Arts office, as an artist that has been tackling political and economic issues through projections for almost three decades, her experiential works have appeared across the globe from Rio to Dublin and on the side of some of the most famous landmarks in London and beyond. Her views are expressed through the written word, from short sweet blasts such as ‘I lie’ to longer prose including, ‘abuse of power comes as no surprise, action causes more trouble than thought’ Holzer’s work relies on the interaction of the public and their responses.
January has seen a lot of new exhibitions open across the city, but there are few with as much variety and breadth as the Adventures of the Black Square, The Whitechapel Galley has produced a journey trough a century of abstract art, giving the audience the opportunity to revisit old voices and artists and discover new ones. Definitely worth a visit.
Adventures of the Black Square is running until 6 April 2015.