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Shop the LUMAS collection of abstract photography. Our abstract art photography contains a wealth of artworks featuring warped colors, straight and blurred lines, contemplative scenery, and familiar and unfamiliar worlds, both still and in motion.
Abstract photography is photography which draws our attention away from the "real," that which appears immediately and obviously given. It instead directs our focus to color, moods, impressions, and patterns and textures. Its subject matter might include a color shown in many hues, a play of light and shadow, or the blur of a scene in motion.
In the 20th century, photography was pioneered by artists like Man Ray, the Surrealists, and the Bauhaus artist László Moholy-Nagy, who also made decisive contributions to abstract art as a whole. In their experimentation, they often replaced traditional subjects of photography - taken over from traditional subjects of painting and art in general - with various arrangements of objects or subjects which were meant to communicate an experience of unreality to a viewer.
Since the invention of digital photography, abstract photographers have increasingly leveraged the camera's inherent capacity to abstraction, as well as experimented with digital editing methods. At times, the original subjects in the works of abstract artists like Thomas Ruff or James Welling are no longer even recognizable.
Our line of abstract photography is founded on the reputations of our artists. Our portfolio of abstract artists encompasses a wide range of creators, both famous and established as well as those whose star is still ascending.
Their works are composed using a variety of techniques, from technical manipulations like the use of slow shutter speeds and long exposure methods, to capturing motion blur and enriching a photograph through post processing. They create interesting abstract images with all manner of subject matter, from the human figure, to open atmospheric spaces, to everyday objects.
Our collection features the tranquil creations of Beatrice Hug. In her focus on pure color over representational photography, Hug is one of the most felicitous abstract photographers working today. Pablo Zuleta Zahr, who studied under the photographer Thomas Ruff, is one of the most sought after abstract photographers. Joerg Maxzin's works buck the trends of abstract photography. Originally trained as a sculptor, Maxzin does not avoid the human figure, instead working the figurative into his impressionistic takes on classic themes. And Zaha Hadid, perhaps the contemporary world's most famous female architect, dazzles us with her stimulating meditations on form and movement.
Artist, theme, genre, size, year - all these play crucial roles in determining the value and collectibility of an artwork. But who determines worth, and who can guarantee a harmony between artworld trends and our decorative needs? This is where both art buyers and sellers come to rely on the experts.
This is perhaps truer in the case of abstract photography than in any other genre. What to any one of us may appear as undirected circuits of line and applications of color may appear to another as the dialectical endpoint of long struggles with personal suffering, or the very question of representation in art. One person's undirected smattering of paint is another's profound representation of the Epicurean "swerve": the aleatory, or chance, element of reality.
This is where the LUMAS curators step in. Located in the center of the European artworld, in hip Berlin, we are widely recognized as an authority on art collectibility, especially at the nexus of fine art and interior design. Our curators source beautiful abstract art that is popular and collectible.
But they do you one better: they are also looking out for your home, your walls, your space. We sell artwork that is not just valuable in itself, but which also has the potential to harmonize well with your home, or to otherwise uplift, inspire, or provoke you.
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