Friday, 17 January 2014

Unconditional Necessity

"Just as the desire for empathy as the basis for aesthetic experience finds satisfaction in organic beauty, so the desire for abstraction finds its beauty in the life-renouncing inorganic, in the crystalline, in a word, in all abstract regularity and necessity…
Thus all transcendental art sets out with the aim of de-organicizing the organic, i.e. of translating the mutable and conditional into values of unconditional necessity. But such a necessity man is able to feel only in the great world beyond the living, in the world of the inorganic." 
Wilhelm Worringer, Abstraction and Empathy, 1907

Paul Strand - Abstraction - Twin Lakes, Connecticut - 1916

Aleksandr Rodchenko - Steps - 1930 


Alvin Langdon Coburn - Vortograph - 1917

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