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 (kŏn-krē′tĭz′əm, kŏng-)
1. An artistic movement emphasizing the concrete reality of shape and color independent of representation or symbolism.
2. The practice of writing concrete poetry.

con·cret′ist n.


the practice of representing abstract concepts in concrete terms


(kɒnˈkri tɪz əm, kɒŋ-, ˈkɒn kriˌtɪz əm, ˈkɒŋ-)

the theory or practice of concrete poetry.
con•cret′ist, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.concretism - a representation of an abstract idea in concrete terms
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
embodiment, shape - a concrete representation of an otherwise nebulous concept; "a circle was the embodiment of his concept of life"
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Initiated by a Bolivian-born Swiss artist, concretism arose nearly simultaneously in a number of literary peripheries.
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19) Hill discusses the differences between linguistic and metaphysical solutions, including reduplication and relative identity; transformationalist models, which include both the physical and dualist varieties; and relational models, which include concretism and abstractism, prophetic models, compositionalist models, and two-mind models.
Concretism occupies a solid position in both architecture and art in Finland.
The New Poetics in Canada and Quebec: From Concretism to Post-Modernism.
While first acknowledging prior evidence demonstrating the RH's valuable role in complex syntactic and semantic processing, Kircher's team stressed their findings that the inferior frontal and superior temporal gyri "are key regions in the neuropathology of schizophrenia," and that "[t]heir dysfunction seems to underlie the clinical symptom of concretism, reflected in the impaired understanding of non-literal, semantically complex language structures:' In other words, the patients' shared failure to recruit now specifically identified areas in the LH appears to be at least pertinent if not vital to our struggle against this horribly debilitating illness.
The nucleus of the CPPC is modern and contemporary art from Latin America, including exceptional strength in Geometric Abstraction, particularly Argentinian Arte Concreto-Invencion; Venezuelan Kineticism; and Brazilian Concretism and Neoconcretism.
16) Underpinned in Europe by the incarnational structure or late medieval religion and the even broader tendency to concretism or reification, faith became more affective, demonstrating a "strong visual quality which encouraged it to use statues and paintings of Christ and the saints as sources of inspiration and aids to meditation," (17) almost simultaneously, advances in artistic production, especially polychromy, tridimentional perspective, and an improved understanding of anatomy, gave to images the appearance of reality.
concretism, neoconcretism, praxis poems, semiotic poetry, process-poems, tropicalism) sought new idioms, systems, and signs as well as new communication in advertising and multimedia for the Latin American consumer and entertainment market.
Concretism and adoption of such decision had not taken place, nor were they legally possible for ENDESA, given its condition of state-owned company, when it was called upon to give information on those transactions to the CNMV.
The impressive contributions by Vincent Katz, Marjorie Perloff, and Alistair Rider relate Andre's practice to the traditions of the sonnet, shaped poetry, modernism, Concretism, and the postwar Oulipo group, in many instances distancing his project from these precedents.