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Through phases of experimentation in Abstract art making since the 19th century, colour has been used to articulate a new set of artistic values. Freed from its earller relationship with representation, colour came to be related to ideas of emotion, musicality and spirituality. Byt the late 20th century, saturated colour in art was combined with geometry for graphic effect, and now in the 21st century it has become an important element in the enjoyment of art. Taking inspiration from the adjacent display of artwork by Australian contemporary artist John Nixon, this group of work from Auckland Art Gallery’s international contemporary collection weave toghether differing ideas about colour as an abstract device. The Artists selected here have used colour to describe space and to create optical shifts which continue to influence and activate viewers.

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