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Title Meanings of abstract art : between nature and theory / edited by Paul Crowther and Isabel Wünsche.
Published New York : Routledge, 2012.
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 Floor3  N6490 .M389 2012    IN LIBRARY
Edition 1 [edition].
Description ix, 300 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Content Type text
Format volume
Series Routledge advances in art and visual studies ; 2
Routledge advances in art and visual studies ; 2.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-284) and index.
Contents Life into art : nature philosophy, the life sciences, and abstract art / Isabel Wünsche -- Mondrian's first diamond composition : spatial totality and the plane of the starry sky / Marek Wieczorek -- Man, space, and the zero of form : Kazimir Malevich's suprematism and the natural world / Christina Lodder -- The role of mathematical structure, natural form, and pattern in the art theory of Wassily Kandinsky : the quest for order and unity / Christopher Short -- "We want to produce like a plant that produces a fruit" : Hans Arp and the "nature principle" / Astrid von Asten -- Natural forces and phenomena as inspiration and meaning in early American abstraction / Herbert R. Hartel, Jr. -- Jackson Pollock : the sin of images / Elizabeth Langhorne -- Clyfford Still's regionalist shamanism / Stephen Polcari -- "Man is present" : Barnett Newman's search for the experience of the self / Eva Ehninger -- Nature, entropy, and Robert Smithson's utopian vision of a culture of decay / John G. Hatch -- Embodied nature : Isamu Noguchi's Intetra fountain / Dominika Glogowski -- The Arte Povera experience : nature re-presented / Laura Petican -- Nature's hand : writing abstraction in the work of Henri Michaux / Birgit Mersmann -- Abstract art and techno-nature : the postmodern dimension / Paul Crowther -- Art, beauty, and the sacred : four ways to abstraction / Karsten Harries -- The complexities of "abstracting" from nature / Andrew Inkpin -- Meaning in abstract art : from Ur-nature to the transperceptual / Paul Crowther.
Summary "This book explores the relation of abstract art to nature. Traditional picturing and sculpture are based on conventions of resemblance between the work and that which it is a representation "of". Abstract works, in contrast, adopt alternative modes of visual representation, or break down and reconfigure the mimetic conventions of pictorial art and sculpture. Obviously this means that abstract art takes many different forms. However, this diversity should not mask some key structural features; these center on two basic relations to nature (understanding nature in the broadest sense to comprise the world of recognisable objects, creatures, organisms, processes, and states of affairs). The first involves abstracting from nature, to give selected aspects of it a new and extremely unfamiliar appearance. The second involves abstract art as the affirmation of a relatively unconstrained 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 contains three categories of essays: 1) those on classical modernism (Mondrian, Malevich, Kandinsky, Arp, early American abstraction), 2) those on post-war abstraction (Pollock, Still, Newman, Smithson, Noguchi, Arte Povera, Michaux, postmodern developments), and 3) those of a broader art historical and philosophical scope"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Art, Modern -- 20th century -- Philosophy.
Art, Abstract.
Nature (Aesthetics)
Related Names Crowther, Paul, editor of compilation.
Wünsche, Isabel, editor of compilation.
ISBN 9780415899932 (hardback)
0415899931 (hardback)
OCLC number 730404070