To some degree, all art requires abstraction. One cannot replicate reality perfectly, so if one thing is meant to represent another, there needs to be some loss of fidelity. However, some artists of the last century decided that the idea of abstraction should be explored in the extreme.
What value do paintings like The Voice of Fire have? Are they anything more meaningful than a child’s scribbles? Should they be considered High Art? Was the abstract expressionist movement a valuable experiment?
The Voice of Fire is a massive acrylic on canvas painting. It was part of the United States’ display in Expo ’67 and was purchased by the Canadian National Gallery in 1990 for 1.8 million dollars.
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