Hidden Gems Edition II

Refreshed every Friday at midday, Hidden Gems is a carefully curated selection of original art and world art news. This week, we're focusing on abstract art!

In a recent shocking and somewhat hilarious discovery, Piet Mondrian's 1942 artwork 'New York City II' has been hung upside down for over 75 years in a number of prestigious museums; first at New York's MOMA then at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany! Inspired by this revelation and the subsequent implications for abstract art, we have curated a selection of original artworks that harness the mind-boggling abstraction pioneered by Mondrian as well as unique compositions that could -theoretically- be hung from any orientation.

Read more about this below.


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Featured art: 'Compassion', an oil original painting on glass by Richard Rowan, £5,950.

The power and bewildering nature of abstract art has recently been demonstrated by the late abstract artist Piet Mondrian whose 1942 piece 'New York City I' has been hung upside down for three quarters of a century!

The evidence for this includes a photograph of the artwork in Mondrian's studio in the correct position and a similar artwork from the series being hung the other way. The artwork itself boasts Mondrian's iconic primary colours and intersecting lines but conveyed through adhesive tape. Surprisingly, despite the discovery, the artwork will continue to be displayed incorrectly due to the already fragile nature of the piece. What's more, curator Susanne Meyer-Büser considers this revelation to be a part of the artwork's story which also indicates the powerful significance of wider abstract art.

Pioneered during the 20th century, 'Abstract Art' is defined as art that does not attempt to accurately portray visual reality. Instead: shapes, lines, colours, are "abstracted" from reality and conveyed in pure forms. For example, the horizon of an industrial cityscape may be portrayed through parallel lines, emotions through vibrant shapes, or colours and textures may be created for purely aesthetic purposes. It is this powerful method and the beautiful abstract creations that can cause ambiguities in the artwork's display since a sense of gravity and reality are all but eradicated. The result is a mind-boggling artwork that allows freedom of interpretation and display for any space.

The case of Mondrian's 'New York City I' has brought this to the forefront of modern art and we have curated the above selection of originals around the idea of displaying artworks in an array of ways. 

Whether through the accurate portrayal of reflections that blur the boundaries of landscapes within an artwork, to beautiful abstract pieces where a logical orientation is challenged. 

Featured art: 'Illusion', an original hand-painted wall sculpture by John D Wilson, £5,950.

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Featured art: 'Modern Simplicity (Black) 1' an original mixed media artwork by the Bisaillon Brothers, £3,950.

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