In May and June 2017 the exhibition ABSTRACT WALL PAINTINGS III #DESTIJL100YEARS will take place at several Art Spaces including New York, US • Apeldoorn, NL • Rotterdam, NL • Sydney, AU • Marseille, FR. In New York on view at Transmitter from May 12 till June 18, 2017
ABSTRACT WALL PAINTINGS III is an exhibition of contemporary abstract art on walls, organized by artists. It is an international project, for which several art spaces have partnered to simultaneously commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the Dutch avant-garde art movement De Stijl.
In 2017, this anniversary will be celebrated with numerous inspiring exhibitions and events all over the Netherlands. Several museums, including the Lakenhal Leiden, Haags Gemeentemuseum, and Kröller-Müller Museum, will produce the official Dutch program ‘From Mondrian to Dutch Design: 100 years De Stijl’.
Founded by Theo van Doesburg in 1917, De Stijl included such historically important artists as Piet Mondrian, Bart van der Leck, and Gerrit Rietveld, in a movement which would come to redefine the word ‘modern’. De Stijl clearly stood out for its innovative use of primary colors, straight lines, and right angles in abstract painting, sculpture, architecture, and design. De Stijl’s influence now reaches into all aspects of culture.
The works produced during De Stijl would go on to influence the Bauhaus movement and the International Style in architecture, as well as clothing and interior design, and the principles of the De Stijl group still inspire artists today. The artists in Abstract Wall Paintings III all relate in their own particular way to this legacy of early 20th century abstraction, and in so doing pay the best possible homage to it, by making new work that is decidedly of our time.
Transmitter’s participation in this exhibition will be with a selection of on-site murals by the following artists: Jean Frater, Rico Gatson, Jim Osman, Kristen Schiele, Karen Schifano, Mark Sengbush.