Huari Loincloth (Red and Yellow)
c.800 AD, Huari culture, 150 x 57 cm
The sublime beauty of this example in minimalist aesthetics resonates with numerous modern explorations within recent abstract art developments, most notably the Bauhaus master weaver Anni Albers’ “Wallhanging series” in the 1930s, the American Abstract Expressionist Mark Rothko’s “Untitled (orange and yellow)” to the Concrete Art artists Max Bill.
This simplicity in this example of bold Huari textile aesthetics exemplifies this culture’s technical virtuosity in expressing abstractly the beliefs that man has the power to create order, transcend space and time in a non-representative colour field of geometrics. For, surely accustomed as we are with our late 20th century modes of perception freed from representational conventions, the visual impact of this cloth and those of the following group cannot fail to resonate with the archetypal heritage of abstraction inherent within us all.