Since the early 1900s, abstract art has formed a central stream of modern art. Strictly speaking, the word abstract means to separate or withdraw something from something else.
Abstract art uses a visual language in which the representation of things from the visible world plays no part. It is open to interpretation, and that is one of the magical things about it. Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and give to the piece your own meaning. Instead, it requires you to have an open mind; you must enter the painting and see where it takes you. It is an exploration of form, colors, shapes, line, texture, pattern, composition and process. Meaning is derived from how these formal qualities are used to create a visual experience.
You should look at an abstract artworks in the same way that you would listen to the music. When you listen to it, you don't try to recognize the notes, but you let them cover you. Let your eyes dance around the piece. Because understanding abstract art requires an inventiveness that invites you to discover for yourself the meaning behind the work. It is not easy to take, like still lives, portraits, or other form of representational art, because it is open to interpretation in a way that representational art is not.
Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for color, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential. (Wassily Kandinsky)
Some abstract artworks selected by Kooness