Art Exhibits

The Life Abstract

When: March 29-May 17 2013

"What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles," said 20th-century artist Hans Hofmann. "It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation." Think about that — art not for documentation or symbolism, but for the pursuit of formal exploration (meaning compositional elements like color, line and shape). That's the impetus behind The Life Abstract, opening from 5 to 8 tonight at Cottonwood Center for the Arts (427 E. Colorado Ave., cottonwoodcenterforthearts.com) and staying up through May 17. Don't expect facts or straight images, but something evasive and mutable.— Edie Adelstein

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