3. Spontaneity and Subconsciousness: Exploring the Connections Between Abstract Expressionism and Surrealism

    While the Abstract Expressionists denied the influence of Surrealism on their works the connections between the two are obvious, the idea of spontaneity and an interest in exploring subconsciousness play a major role in both movements. Even the legacies of these movements are intertwined, as many contemporary works continue to straddle the line between Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

  4. Meet the newest Inspace artist Leah Durner and celebrate her West Elm collaboration (pictured above).

    Shop art by Leah Durner here.

  5. Artwork of the day:

    Step by Step, 2002 by Richard Tuttle

  7. Artwork of the day

    Hurricane Notes , 2010 by Jill Moser

  8. Artwork of the day:

    Rose Tinted Lens by Jack Hardwicke

    You may recognize this name from our Next Artspace Artist contest. Now you can collect his work on Artspace! All 3 works are available in this week’s private sale

  9. Artwork of the day:

    Red Corners, 2005 by Jessica Stockholder

    Brighten up your Monday with this sunny piece!

  10. Zero Degrees

    by Tam Van Tran

    Tam Van Tran was born in Vietnam and came to the US as the Vietnam War was coming to a close. Having studied film and television, Tam Van Tran brings extensive fine art experience to his work, drawing on a wide range of media and materials. His work is abstract and captivates his audience by engaging an element of curiosity: in addition to deliberate placement of different forms on the same canvas, Tran uses highly unusual materials, such as beets, aluminum foil, and Cool Whip. Zero Degrees symbolizes this very hands-on, not to mention multi-talented, approach to contemporary art, as Tran sculpts, draws, and paints interspersedly. -LINDSAY

  11. Beginning/Ending

    by Don Cooper

    Don Cooper’s Beginning/Ending is meditative yet curiously thought-provoking. Especially when given the knowledge that Cooper’s print has its basis in the Indian bindu (the drop or dot depicted in the center), a level of abstraction is removed from what I would otherwise consider a nonfigurative work. Cooper frequently includes Zen-inspired motifs in his work to add an element of tranquility. I love the peaceful vibe it exudes! -LINDSAY


  12. James Siena’s “Visual Algorithms”

    Shifted Lattice, 2006

    Print by James Siena

    I have had countless arguments with people who make the blanket statement, “I hate abstract art.” You shouldn’t hate something until you’ve endeavored to understand it, and I have often found myself more appreciative of modern and contemporary art when I have grasped the idea or concept behind it.

    James Siena’s abstract geometric compositions are visually compelling, but what makes them even more interesting is that there is meaning ingrained in the artistic process itself. Siena renders his patterns freehand by imposing on himself a set of rules for each work, which he calls “visual algorithms.” He begins with a basic unit—a shape or set of lines— and then executes his visual algorithm—by rotating, shifting, dividing, or multiplying the basic unit—to the edges of his canvas. Siena says he can’t predict exactly what the overall effect will be, but he performs his rules faithfully and meticulously, trusting his algorithm to result in a work of art. 

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