Abstract Art Manifesto

Abstract art has a long and rich history.

Abstract art can be intelligently talked about.

Abstract art is not decorative art.

Abstract art delivers meaning through non-objective means.

Abstract art can be understood.

Abstract art reflects the artist’s intent and the viewer’s interpretation.

Artist intent and viewer’s interpretation of abstract art can be different.

Sometimes abstract art simply is because of its presence.

Abstract art technique can be taught.

Abstract art appeals to intelligent people.

Abstract art is a thought provoking process of interpretation.

Abstract art can create discourse.

Abstract art is universal and multi-cultural.

Abstract art challenges a viewer’s aesthetics.

Abstract art continuously engages the viewer.

Abstract art influences all of the arts.

Abstract art remains a relevant and progressive art form.

Hitler did not like abstract art.

To be continued in my future book on Abstract Art.

Linda Bigness

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Linda Bigness is an internationally exhibited artist who maintains a gallery/studio in Syracuse, New York. Her work has been exhibited in several prestigious solo and group shows that have involved notable jurors such as art critic Clement Greenberg, Ivan Karp, director of OK Harris Gallery in NYC, and Tom Piche, director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art. In addition, Bigness’ large scale paintings are often selected and commissioned for corporate and residential clients, including the Turning Stone Resort, Merrill Lynch Corporation, Haylor, Freyer and Coon, and Bausch and Lomb. She continues to exhibit professionally at several venues with artwork featured frequently at the Nan Miller Gallery in Rochester, NY. Presently she is working on her latest book and exhibition about abstract art and the contemporary processes used by working artists today. Part of the research for this book is taken from the workshops she teaches and her oil painting and mixed media collage experience. For over 30 years Bigness has used her expertise to share with others the unique beauty and processes of her chosen medium through writing, teaching and professional exhibits. Her first book “Paint It, Tear It, Create It” offered the reader insight into visual abstract thinking through the process of collage into painting. She continues to explore the abstract through surface manipulation using encaustics and oil and is currently working on a new series, the “Journey Stones Revisited,” a reflection upon her extensive travels throughout the United States and Europe.

2 thoughts on “Abstract Art Manifesto”

  1. Linda this is just wonderful. I am sick of people saying that abstract art is passe and not in vogue. What do they know about art anyway. You can check out my blog as I have written about abstract art, but my blog is not as organized yet and I think I am on the brink of finding my voice as well as a way to paint to put the abstract and the figurative juxtaposed and make fun and deep work. You are a gifted genius. I am more than a fan.

  2. Care to comment on the Abstract Art Manifesto. Your comments are welcomed here. Add to the manifesto or present your argument. Share some work. I’m looking forward to abstracting with you.

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