Pictures of Nothing

9 Sep 2017 – 7 Oct 2017

Event times

Tuesday-Sunday 11am-7pm

Cost of entry


Pg Art Gallery

İstanbul, Turkey


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Pg Art Gallery presents ‘Pictures of Nothing’, a group exhibition showcasing a historical, methodological and thematic survey of contemporary abstraction, bringing together a multi-generational conversation between artists from different peripheries, forming an expanded picture of the global.


‘Pictures of Nothing’ takes its name from the late Kirk Varnedoe’s eponymous 2006 book, examining the legacy of the abstract form after Pollock. While Varnedoe’s book is explicitly Western-centric, we share with him an opposition to formalism as a pure form; instead we read the abstract in art as an ‘evolving sign system’ that acquires meaning from its social context. This sign system is a multi-sourced, pluralistic and dynamic mechanism able to incorporate a multitude of beginnings. 

‘Pictures of Nothing’ is primarily an attempt to live in a world without pictures, or, where representation is depleted and how we respond to this condition. We learn from Varnedoe’s book that abstraction is also a search for a temporary degree of meaninglessness; in order to reveal the essential.

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Arie Amaya-Akkermans


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