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The theory and practice of abstract art.

ab·strac′tion·ist n.


(Art Terms) the theory and practice of the abstract, esp of abstract art
abˈstractionist n


(æbˈstræk ʃəˌnɪz əm)

the practice and theory of abstract art.
ab•strac′tion•ist, n., adj.


the creation of abstract art. — abstractionist, n., adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.abstractionism - an abstract genre of artabstractionism - an abstract genre of art; artistic content depends on internal form rather than pictorial representation
genre - a class of art (or artistic endeavor) having a characteristic form or technique
op art - a style of abstractionism popular in the 1960s; produces dramatic visual effects with colors and contrasts that are difficult for the eye to resolve
2.abstractionism - a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examplesabstractionism - a representation having no reference to concrete objects or specific examples
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
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3 Capel's Fuego collection echoes contemporary artists with abstractionism, splatters and the like.
is characterized by having intellectuals from various disciplines--sociologists, ethnologists, law specialists, historians, political economy and the science of religions--who seek to understand meaningful action, moving away from structuralist abstractionism and creating new alliances within humanism.
For comments on the analogy of light in understanding the agent intellect's role in abstraction by Averroes, Avicenna, and Aquinas, see Cory, "Rethinking Abstractionism," 614-23.
Out of this initiatory dimension of this movement derives the huge transforming potential of expressionism, making it return as post war American abstractionism and open as a great alchemical vessel in merging different formulae of avant-garde aesthetics, resuming their active form of gestural painting (action-painting).
This he contends that abstractionism shows up the actual constructedness, thereby subjecting them to critical scrutiny and making them amenable to transformation, and suggests that realism is the primary mode of African American representational aesthetics.
Kierkegaard employed the concept subjectivity as an answer to Hegel's abstractionism which denigrates the individual.
The work is an austere figurative theme which includes graphism, abstractionism in addition to the evocativeness, the transparency and the clarity that distinguish it.
The top school that Saudi artists are directing to is the realistic school, which comprises representing the artwork realistically and closer to reality, in addition to surrealism and abstractionism schools.
In recent times, it gave rise to the tortuous legalism and abstractionism of the so-called new natural law theory propounded by such thinkers as Germain Grisez and John Finnis.
With this artifact, which cuts up the sunlight to prevent blinding, these artists invented abstractionism before their time.
The book takes us on a journey through the turbulent times of wars, revolutions, and new directions in art like expressionism and abstractionism.
As if in respite from the close analysis of viscerally disturbing gore and implicit sexual extremity coupled with (excusing my infelicitous play on words) admittedly heady abstractionism, entering the no-monster's-land "between the two major periods covered in the volume," as Lazaro-Reboll terms it, the fifth chapter then focuses not on film but "on the discursive activities of genre users and sites of fandom," meaning "specialist genre publications and fanzine production"(9).