Contemporary Artists about abstraction
On the “Conversations” page of our exhibition website you can hear contemporary artists speak about a work of their choice in Inventing Abstraction. Recently Wolfgang Laib spoke about his special relation with Kazimir Malevich’s White on White. Laib’s current installation Pollen from Hazelnut in the Museum’s atrium, on view through March 11th, 2013, gives his story a particular resonance.
Wolfgang Laib, Pollen from Hazelnut, currently installed at The Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Jason Mandella.
During the exhibition we are inviting artists, curators, and other guests to walk into the galleries and pick a specific work on display to discuss. In this post, Wolfgang Laib talks about his lifelong connection to Kazimir Malevich, and in particular Suprematist Composition: White on White.
Image: Kazimir Malevich’s White on White installed between two windows in the galleries of the exhibition Cubism and Abstract Art held at The Museum of Modern Art in 1936.
Alfred Barr’s seminal Cubism and Abstract Art exhibition at MoMA in 1936 played a defining role in establishing abstraction in the United States. It is in conjunction with this exhibition that MoMA acquired its first works by Malevich, Piet Mondrian, and several other pioneers of abstraction now well represented in the Museum’s collection. Some of the works that were in Barr’s exhibition, including White on White, are now on view in Inventing Abstraction.