Clearly all art IS expressionist - even
photography and reaslism/naturalism where
the hand of the artist ISN't apparent.
We may say that in the case of the less
abstract works, that the very choice of
subject matter and the manner in which it
is depicted IS the expression of the artist.
Of course, in the case of commisioned works
the whatness and howness of the work may be
strictly guided. Note that any any case where
the work is commisioned for public consumption
(eg, design of a transit station, ritual objects
in tribabl works, etc) this "freedom" of the
artist is usually at the most restricted. One
only has to contemplate the murals of the Chicago
Station where Diego Rivera's (pro-socialist and
even a bit pro-soviet) glorification of the
worker - which were later painted over by the
owner; one of the Rockerfellers. ??verify??
Thus, again and again we are confronted with
the *context* within which the work was done
- echoing Umberto Eco's dictim that "Context
is King". This has several aspects:
1. The style at the time. This is the kinds
of work or working methods that the artist
is pursuing at the moment.
2. Recent events; which we may often take as
starting out as a random input.
3. The level of "directness" that the work
has as part of it; eg, for a show, for
a commission, what other artists are
We might view that i'm just begging the question
with my word "directness", above.
Everything that an artist has done before necessarily
carries forward with the possibilites of new work. In
this, a lot of it has to do with how the artist has
viewed their work in that context before.
For example, as the biomorphic form in surrealism
spread, and varous artists took up exploring that
method - it either did or did not appeal to them.
Take for example a comment made to Gorky that some
of his recent works resembled Picasso's (he was
continually accused of copying Picasso - who as
with all things had come to dominate the landscape;
one can't do relativty or Guernica and not go
un-noticed). To which Gorky replied sheepishly,
"Yes, i'm thinkng about Picasso lately." The idea
of course, was that something that he either seen
in Picasso's works or the biomorphic form intrigued
him. Thus, we get things like "Garden in Sochi".
This shouldn't surprise us since things like the
African (Dogan) Masks and Japonese Prints were
exhibited in Paris, and all of a sudden these begin
to make there way directly into art of the time.
Notably is the use of this motif by (again) Picasso
in "Les Madesemels d'Avinoun" ??sp??.
Thus, these "trends" of the time are essentially
EVENTS in the life of the artist.
Thus, i would (hesitantly, lest it be yet another
tiresome acronym) introduce:
Context = S.E.D.
Naturally, i reall mean that the s,e,d's are elements
OF context and not all that it is.
googled "online community" "abstract artists"
(still looking - a bet mre despreate each end every day....
http://www.daviddeen.com/community/links.html -- a wash....
instute: beyond google (finding images)