Dina Guergawi, Ball Gown
Abstract art can challenge ways of seeing and inspire new ones, leading to new ways of thinking and new ideas. The shapes, textures, colors, patterns, and designs of abstract art suggest rather than declare, leaving space for the imagination to expand. Displaying abstract art in a space can intimate a particular mood or establish a dynamic dialogue with architectural features to foster a creative atmosphere.
The world’s largest concentration of Art Deco architecture is in Miami, Florida. The Art Deco style emerged in the 1920s and 1930s. Found across the world, it developed in different trajectories in different places.
In Miami, it is often referred to as ‘Tropical Deco’, marked by an aesthetic reflecting the climate. This unique architectural history is the inspiration for this gallery. It is a contemporary take on the glamour and optimism of the modern style, with art ranging from photography to abstract painting.
Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) came to photography through her study of chemistry at university. At first, she focused on portraits and botanicals. She expanded her subject matter to include experimental approaches to industrial and architectural structures.
This curated gallery began with her photograph, Two Callas, made around 1925. The other works display characteristics of her modernist style. The images are sharp with subtle gradations of black, white, and grey tones; and share an emphasis on light, form, and pattern.