Matthew Ritchie: Abstraction is metaphysical

Matthew Ritchie discusses the "mysteriousness" of the abstract, and theorizes that the development of abstraction in the twentieth century was a response to the rise of scientific imagery.

On Abstraction

The first modern artists who abandoned realism for abstraction made a dramatic break that rocked the art world. Today, artists still must make a conscious choice to make work about the visible world, or about something beyond it.