Discrepant Abstraction

Discrepant Abstraction

by Kobena Mercer
     
 

ISBN-10: 026263337X

ISBN-13: 9780262633376

Pub. Date: 09/01/2006

Publisher: MIT Press

For anyone who thinks the question of abstract art is settled, this book will come as a surprise. Discrepant abstraction is hybrid and partial, elusive and repetitive, obstinate and strange. It includes almost everything that does not neatly fit into the institutional narrative of abstract art as a monolithic quest for artistic purity. Exploring cross-cultural

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For anyone who thinks the question of abstract art is settled, this book will come as a surprise. Discrepant abstraction is hybrid and partial, elusive and repetitive, obstinate and strange. It includes almost everything that does not neatly fit into the institutional narrative of abstract art as a monolithic quest for artistic purity. Exploring cross-cultural scenarios in twentieth-century art,
this second volume in the Annotating Art's Histories series alters our understanding of abstract art as a signifier of modernity by revealing the multiple directions it has taken in wide-ranging international contexts.Impure, imperfect, and incomplete,
the version of abstraction that emerges from this global journey--from Hong Kong and
Islamic regions to Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States--shows how the formal ingenuity of abstract art has been cross-fertilized, from abstract expressionism onwards, by creative discrepancies that arise when disparate visual languages are brought into dialogue. Discrepant Abstraction is essential reading for students, practitioners and anyone curious about cross-cultural interaction in the visual arts.Copublished with inIVA/Institute of International Visual Arts,
London

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262633376
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Annotating Art's Histories: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in the Visual Arts
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
7.25(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Table of Contents

Abstract expressionism and third world art : a post-colonial approach to 'American' art30
To avoid the inscrutable : abstract expressionism and the 'Oriental mode'52
Abstraction and modern Chinese art74
Rethinking calligraphic modernism94
Abstraction as infection and cure116
Autobiography of an (ex)coloured surface : monochrome and liminality134
'It's not enough to say "Black is beautiful" ' : abstraction at the Whitney, 1969-1974154
Black Atlantic abstraction : Aubrey Williams and Frank Bowling182
Quantum ghosts : an interview with Wilson Harris206

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