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Burgoyne Diller: The 1930s, Cubism to Abstraction

November 8, 2001 – January 12, 2002


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A pioneer of American abstraction, Burgoyne Diller is among the most significant American artists devoted to geometric abstraction. For Diller, abstraction was “the ideal realm of harmony, stability and order in which every form and spatial interval could be controlled and measured.” This exhibition will concentrate on Diller’s work from the early 1930s, a period in which Diller’s art evolved from Cubism to non-objective Neoplasticism, as he developed a personal language based on three major compositional themes. These themes, which he labeled ‘First’, ‘Second’ and ‘Third’, explore the picture plane in relation to forms in movement and/or forms in “constant opposition.”