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Impressionist & Modern Art

Universal Abstraction

We’ve always thought of Abstraction as being the invention of a universal language. But we didn’t have a universal view of it. Abstraction has been written in art history as originating in Europe and developed by the American artists of the post-war era. But this is a narrow viewpoint, and is being proven as such by scholars and museum curators who are increasingly turning their attention to the oft-neglected parallel strains of innovation in Abstraction that were occurring in places such as Latin America and Asia.

When compiling the marquee evening sales for the May season at Sotheby’s, our specialists from various collecting categories – from Impressionist & Modern Art, to Latin American Art and Contemporary Art – strove to construct a meaningful dialogue amongst highlights from their respective sales, taking a broader and more international approach to the history of Abstraction.


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