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Meanings of Abstract Art Between Nature and Theory by Paul Crowther
  

Meanings of Abstract Art Between Nature and Theory

Part of the Routledge Advances in Art and Visual Studies Series
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Meanings of Abstract Art Between Nature and Theory by Paul Crowther

Traditional art is based on conventions of resemblance between the work and that which it is a representation of . Abstract art, in contrast, either adopts alternative modes of visual representation or reconfigures mimetic convention. This book explores the relation of abstract art to nature (taking nature in the broadest sense-the world of recognisable objects, creatures, organisms, processes, and states of affairs). Abstract art takes many different forms, but there are shared key structural features centered on two basic relations to nature. The first abstracts from nature, to give selected aspects of it a new and extremely unfamiliar appearance. The second affirms a natural creativity that issues in new, autonomous forms that are not constrained by mimetic conventions. (Such creativity is often attributed to the power of the unconscious.) The book covers three categories: classical modernism (Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Arp, early American abstraction); post-war abstraction (Pollock, Still, Newman, Smithson, Noguchi, Arte Povera, Michaux, postmodern developments); and the broader historical and philosophical scope.

About the Author

Paul Crowther is Chair of Philosophy at the National University of Ireland, Galway Isabel Wunsche is Professor of Art and Art History at Jacobs University, Bremen

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Publication date

10th October 2016

Author

Paul Crowther

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Publisher

Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd

Format

Paperback
300 pages

Categories

Media studies

Theory of art

ISBN

9781138233867

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