21st Century and Contemporary Abstract Abstract Prints
2010s Contemporary Abstract Prints
2010s Abstract Abstract Prints
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Sculptures
2010s Contemporary Abstract Prints
Finding the Right Abstract Prints for You
Explore a vast range of abstract prints on 1stDibs to find a piece to enhance your existing collection or transform a space.
Unlike figurative paintings and other figurative art, which focuses on realism and representational perspectives, abstract art concentrates on visual interpretation. An artist may use a single color or simple geometric forms to create a world of depth. Printmaking has a rich history of abstraction. Through materials like stone, metal, wood and wax, an image can be transferred from one surface to another.
During the 19th century, iconic artists, including Edvard Munch, Paul Cézanne, Georgiana Houghton and others, began exploring works based on shapes and colors. This was a departure from the academic conventions of European painting and would influence the rise of 20th-century abstraction and its pioneers, like Pablo Picasso and Piet Mondrian.
Some leaders of European abstraction, including Franz Kline, were influenced by the gestural shapes of East Asian calligraphy. Calligraphy interprets poetry, songs, symbols or other means of storytelling into art, from works on paper in Japan to elements of Islamic architecture.
Why Jules Chéret Was the King of the Modern Poster
The streets of fin-de-siècle Paris were set aglow with colorful poster ads, thanks to the printing techniques invented by Jules Chéret. Now, the Milwaukee Art Museum is celebrating this undersung talent in America's first solo show dedicated his exuberant works.
Science Uncovers Hidden Truths behind Young Pablo Picasso’s Blue Period
From 1901 to 1904, Picasso limited his palette to bluish hues in producing some of his most famous early works. A new show looks at the recycled materials, hidden underpaintings, surprising influences and bohemian lifestyle that led to their creation.
Victor Pasmore’s Abstract Art Was Decades ahead of Its Time and Still Looks Radical Today
A new show of prints reveals just how much — and how indelibly — Pasmore revolutionized 20th-century British art.
Tauba Auerbach’s Geometric Pop-Up Book Is Mighty Rare, Thanks to a Hurricane
This sculptural art book has an epic backstory of its own.
Why Jasper Johns Is So Much More Than a Maker of Aloof Pop Art
A retrospective spanning two major East Coast museums demonstrates Johns’s massive role in contemporary art history. © 2021 Jasper Johns / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Philadelphia Museum of Art Photo Studio; Joseph Hu
Jordan Schnitzer Started Collecting Warhol Prints Very Early — and Never Stopped
The Portland, Oregon, native has amassed a collection of art so outstanding that multiple museums bear his name and several exhibitions at any given time are showing pieces he owns. We caught up with Schnitzer to find out how he got started collecting Warhol and where his pieces can be found right now.
In the Late Hung Liu’s Historical Portraits, Layers of Joy and Struggle Are Exposed
We spoke with the artist, in one of her last interviews, about the messages in her striking figurative works, which will be featured in a posthumous show at the National Portrait Gallery.
When Art Galleries Join Together, Everybody Wins
Art associations are known for their glitzy fairs, but these organizations do a ton of work behind the scenes to help gallerists and collectors. Here, the heads of five major art associations give us the rundown of what they do.