Love it or loathe it, abstract art is one of the most fascinating and bewildering achievements of twentieth-century Western art. Artists abandoned painting recognisable objects and scenes from everyday life, instead focusing on shape, form, colour, mark-making and the materials used in the art-making process. Abstract art can be a deeply personal experience for both the artist and viewer. Drawn from the Gallery’s collection, Untitled #1050 brings together abstract work by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading artists – from the austere, geometric precision of Gordon Walters and Don Driver to the spontaneous expressive paintings of Gretchen Albrecht, Ralph Hotere and Colin McCahon.
Text extracted from Christchurch Art Gallery website.