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Art, abstract

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-M001-3
Version: v3,  Published online: 2021
Retrieved July 15, 2024, from

Article Summary

Article Summary

Given the detailed coverage of the varieties of abstract art in the 1998 article (hereafter ‘Abstract1998’), what further points and observations are now needed? Here are four. (1) Yet deeper knowledge of illegitimate bias and misunderstanding of disfavoured art forms worldwide, both in the past and now, that affect both the foundational concept of non-abstract verisimilitude and its polar opposite, abstract art. (2) Broader survey of factors driving the creation of forms of abstraction and their appreciation. Why are some now so well appreciated after such long dismissal? (3) Diagnosis of forms of connection between abstract and non-abstract art that justify regarding them as belonging to the omnivorous category of art. (4) Reflections on deep limits of our understanding of artistic conceptions reaching beyond all current ideas.

Each part of this revision can consider only a sampling of a stupendously diverse situation which continues to evolve at a rapid pace.

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Brown, John H.. Art, abstract, 2021, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-M001-3. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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