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Dec 17
Jan 04

Abstraction Is Just A Word, But I Use It.

Abstraction Is Just A Word

Abstraction Is Just A Word, But I Use It.

Presented by Utah Museum of Contemporary Art at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art

Languages evolve from gestures and sounds to a system of words, phrases, and in some cases, letters or hieroglyphics. Today, there are roughly 6,500 languages spoken around the world. Language is also something that continues to evolve with society. New words are introduced, and older words die out, shift, continue, or alter their meaning from the original intent over time.

The same evolutionary process could be applied to the term abstraction, especially within art circles.

Abstraction developed as a visual language that existed outside representational art, one that relied on color, shape, form, and composition to evoke a response from the viewer and to be self-referential. In some cases, abstraction was about honesty—pure paint on canvas, free from illusion and artifice.

But as abstraction has evolved as an artistic practice over decades of use, artists have adopted and personalized abstraction, developing their own use of that visual language and assigning their own meaning. In a way, they have created their own coded language within the broader use of the term abstraction, in their own individualized dialect.

Admission Info

Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

Individual Dates & Times *

  • December 17, 2019 at 11:00 am (Tue)
  • December 18, 2019 at 11:00 am (Wed)
  • December 19, 2019 at 11:00 am (Thu)
  • December 20, 2019 at 11:00 am (Fri)
  • December 21, 2019 at 11:00 am (Sat)
  • December 24, 2019 at 11:00 am (Tue)
  • December 25, 2019 at 11:00 am (Wed)
  • December 26, 2019 at 11:00 am (Thu)
  • December 27, 2019 at 11:00 am (Fri)
  • December 28, 2019 at 11:00 am (Sat)
  • December 31, 2019 at 11:00 am (Tue)
  • January 01, 2020 at 11:00 am (Wed)
  • January 02, 2020 at 11:00 am (Thu)
  • January 03, 2020 at 11:00 am (Fri)
  • January 04, 2020 at 11:00 am (Sat)

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Utah Museum of Contemporary Art
20 South West Temple
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

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