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Abstraction as an Open Experiment
Dóra Maurer, Sirje Runge, Falke Pisano, Zofia Kulik

Edited by Mari Laanemets
Texts by Sabeth Buchmann, David Crowley, Mari Laanemets

Central to Abstraction as an Open Experiment is an interest in the implementation and interpretation of abstractionism, which starting from the 1960s, attempted to rethink the relationships between modernist art, the individual and (mass) society. Accordingly, the focus of this publication is on artworks that are fundamentally open and inclusive. By using very different media, these works can become the basis for generalisations concerning the relationship between people and things as well as wider processes in society.

The idea for the book stems from a fascination with Sirje Runge’s drawings and paintings from the mid-1970s, in which she experimented with simple geometric forms and the abundant potential of colour. Today, when interest in the experimental aspect of formal aesthetics is once again widespread among art circles, Runge’s drawings, paintings and design projects not only become topical but also take their place in publication, her pieces will enter into a dialogue with works by Zofia Kulik, Dóra Maurer and Falke Pisano.

Published following the exhibition of the same title at Tallinn Art Hall, 15.09.—4.11.2018, curated by Mari Laanemets.

200  ×  280 mm
256 pp
Offset printing
Perfect binding
In English
Typeface: Favorit (Dinamo)
Paper: Munken Lynx Rough 120g, Carta Pack 205g
Printed by Tallinn Book Printers
Supported by Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Mondriaan Foundation, Estonian Academy of Arts
25 EUR
Edition of 500
Published by Lugemik & Tallinn Art Hall & Estonian Academy of Arts
ISBN 978-9949-7234-7-8