Abstraction in Action is a broad and dynamic platform dedicated to the promotion and research of contemporary abstract art from Latin America since the 1990s seeking to activate the field and foster new perspectives.
The Sayago & Pardon Collection in conjunction with Abstraction in Action’s interactive database of contemporary abstract artists, publications, exhibitions and projects provides context, information and resources in the field.
Abstraction in Action is an interactive project born out of research on the contemporary production of abstract art in Latin America. The original aim of the research was to produce an exhibition illustrating the experimental and innovative nature of contemporary abstraction in Latin America. The body of work discovered was so rich, diverse, and exciting that it required the creation of a broader platform that not only encompassed the show, but also this expansive growing ﬁeld of contemporary art. It is because of this powerful body of abstract art that Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, curator of Abstraction in Action, and the Sayago & Pardon Collection, with its focus on contemporary Latin American abstraction, have partnered to bring Abstraction in Action to life.
Abstraction in Action attests ﬁrstly to the importance and long lasting legacy of geometric abstraction and modernism in Latin America between 1940 and the late 1970s, either in the expansion of the inherited traditions or in the deconstruction of canonical ideas related to these. Secondly, it sustains an engagement in a global dialogue around contemporary art and ideas, coupled with a high degree of experimentation in a wide array of media that spans painting, drawing, sculpture, installation art, photography, video art and technology. Many of these artists incorporate mass and popular culture both conceptually and aesthetically into abstract art. For some of these artists, abstraction may not be the only language that they explore, as some work with a ﬁgurative vocabulary, incorporate photographic or video images of the world, or even combine both abstract and ﬁgurative iconography in one single work.
Abstraction in Action is an ongoing collaborative platform that encompasses this exciting ﬁeld of contemporary art and seeks to incorporate the multiple voices of artists, curators, writers and researchers in the ﬁeld.