“What is Abstract Art Today?”

Virtual Exhibit – Fall 2020
Artwork Entry Form

There are many definitions of abstract art. Over the past 100 years, the word “abstract” has become an umbrella term used to describe very diverse movements or directions in art.

The word “abstract” has several interesting definitions. Abstract means “… to consider apart from the concrete; general as opposed to the particular…”. It also means “… to take away secretly, remove, withdraw or purloin…”. 

It is this second definition that concerns all artists, because all art is to some extent abstract. 

Abstract artists have chosen from what is in front of them to include in their work. They have chosen from a world of ideas, images, words or symbols. They have mixed and matched them through their world of experience and knowledge. When non-abstract artists say they make representational art, they are usually saying, in essence, their work is a recognizable representation of the world we all see before us, or it is a likeness.

Art that moves beyond recognition becomes abstract because it embodies emotion, memory, or essence.

For the purposes of this exhibition of two dimensional (2D), wall-hung artwork, which includes bas relief work, the following definitions are useful in determining if your artwork is abstract.

Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead use shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect. (Tate Museum)

Abstract art is a genre of art. The artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation. (the Free Dictionary)

Abstract art uses the visual language of shape, form, color and line to create a composition which may exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. Abstract art, non-figurative art, non-objective art, and non-representational art are closely related terms. Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in the depiction of imagery. This departure from accurate representation can be slight, partial, or complete. Abstraction exists along a continuum. (Wikipedia)

Abstract art is trend in painting and sculpture that began in the twentieth century. Abstract art seeks to break away from the traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colors, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognizable images. (Dictionary.com)

Submission Requirements for

“What is Abstract Art Today?”

Note: Works that are NFS (not for sale) will not be used in any of the marketing materials for this exhibition.

Artist Requirements

  • Artists submitting work must be at least 18 year old.
  • Artists must include an artist statement.
  • Artists may include a short Bio/CV (optional).
  • Artists website (optional).

Artworks Requirements:

  • Artists must enter a minimum of 3, and a maximum of 4 pieces for this exhibit.
  • All artworks must have been created within the last 3 years.
  • Each artwork must have been created by the person submitting the work.

Photos of the artwork must conform to the following specifications.

  1. High quality digital photos
  2. Have a largest dimension of 1900 pixels
  3. Evenly lighted
  4. Color accurate (must represent the actual colors in the piece)
  5. Saved as a standard .jpg file (no .tiffs, no other formats)
  6. Mac and PC compatible
  7. Must not be watermarked

File Preparation

Files must have a largest dimension of 1900 pixels in width or height at 72dpi resolution. Each artwork photo should be saved as a JPEG in the sRGB color space. Maximum file size allowed is 8MB.

Entry Information

  1. All entries are via this form on the artistvenu website, files and other documents attached.
  2. Images must be in JPEG format.
  3. Name your image files in a logical and consistent manner. Begin each file name with a number, starting with your most recent work, so that the files will automatically arrange themselves in chronological order.

Here is an example of how to title your files:

01_lastname_title_2011

02_lastname_title_2011

03_lastname_title_2010

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