Understanding Abstract art…you already use, and understand, Abstract art in several different forms during your day.
Just one example is an arrow which indicates direction. Many times the arrow merely points and there are no words of explanation but you still clearly understand what the arrow represents. There is nothing more abstract than that: a directional arrow which has come to stand for and represent that you should move in an indicated direction, or take a certain action, without any written words informing you as to the action that you should take. And the arrow symbol is not even an arrow! If it were it would depict a shaft with a notch and feathers at one end and a point or arrowhead of some type at the other. The arrow symbol itself is an abstraction!
So, you see? You already use and understand Abstract art in one form or another every day of your life. Why not look around you and see how many more such examples of Abstract art you can recognize?
And look…you don’t have to “understand” Abstract art in order to fully appreciate it. How does it make you feel? When you look at it do you feel energized, uplifted, happy? Or maybe it just makes you feel good to look at it for no particular reason that you can identify. If so, you’ll really appreciate what Pablo Picasso had to say about Art:
“Everyone wants to understand art. Why not try to understand the song of a bird? Why does one love the night, flowers, everything around one, without trying to understand them? But in the case of a painting people have to understand. If only they would realize above all that an artist works of necessity, that he himself is only a trifling bit of the world, and that no more importance should be attached to him than to plenty of other things which please us in the world, though we can't explain them. People who try to explain pictures are usually barking up the wrong tree.” -- Pablo Picasso