Adventures of the Black Square - Whitechapel Gallery - Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015

 

Adventures of the Black Square - Whitechapel Gallery - Abstract Art and Society 1915 -2015

I visited this exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery on the 5th February to start my research into Unit 7. The exhibition started by looking at Malevich's black 'quadrilateral'1915, which established the abstract theme of the exhibition. The exhibition followed four themes of Utopia, Architecture, Communication and The Everyday. There was a really helpful projection in the exhibition that referenced performance artists looking at society and humanity, I took an interest in an image of Lygia Pape's 'Divisor'; A clockwork orange references the colour 'white' a lot when Alex starts his treatment after prison to 'make him better', the white colour that Pape uses in Divisor made me think about the idea of a clean slate or new beginning that the white promotes in a clockwork orange. The novel also explores divides in society between the younger generation compared to their parents generation, the sense of community in Lygia Papes 'divisor' also made me think about this element in a Clockwork Orange.

This exhibition made the question arise of What it means to be human How much freedom do we have in life and when do people take the idea of freedom too far and cross a line into depravity. 

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