Weisman Museum Hosts Back to Basics Exhibit of Modern and Contemporary Art

December 8, 2015  | 1 min read

The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art at Pepperdine University presented Back to Basics: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, an exhibition of modern and contemporary art, from August 31 to December 6, 2015. The exhibition featured 46 large-scale works of art ranging in date from 1958 to 2014.

Back to Basics explored the range of geometric abstraction from 1960s Colorfield painting, Hard-Edge, and Minimalism to the present. Today, this style has become an essential part of our everyday world and influences all aspects of contemporary design—from clothing to magazines to websites. But this style in art was originally shocking and revolutionary. The artists who pioneered geometric abstraction advanced a new way of seeing—one based on basic forms, powerful shapes, and essential colors. Their goal was to reach something vital and fundamental in human experience.

Featuring works by artists such as Josef Albers, Anish Kapoor, Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, and Frank Stella, the exhibition featured modern and contemporary art that uses basic shapes and fundamental forms to create riveting visual experiences.