ABSTRACTS

It was for his abstract (read: cubist or "Vorticist") paintings that Cummings was famous in the latter part of the second decade of this century and into the early '20s, and a number of his early abstract works are included here. Cummings came on the scene in New York toward the end of the first World War and won support from the likes of cubist painter Albert Gleizes in the Independents exhibitions of 1918 and 1919. Most of Cummings' superior abstracts (such as the "Noise" and "Sound" series) have long been the property of important museums and collections; however, a number of dynamic abstracts remain in this collection, including numerous drawings, watercolors, and several excellent oils which demonstrate not only concerns for color and shape but also for fourth-dimensional qualities (a subtext of cubism at that time).


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