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 (sĕm′ē-ăb-străkt′, -ăb′străkt′, sĕm′ī-)
Of or relating to an art form characterized by stylized but recognizable subject matter.

sem′i·ab·strac′tion n.
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a work of art whose subject matter is semi-abstract
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Others embody intimations through abstraction or semiabstraction.
This confusion aside, the assorted oils can be said to effectively (face-) lift cranial motifs from Otto Dix's 1924 cycle of etchings, Der Krieg (The War), yielding stylish semiabstractions in stonewashed Day-Glo cyan, fuchsia, yellow, and emerald, arranged on dark, vertical, timberwall-like backgrounds.
The 2012 installment of the Whitney Biennial, with its emphasis on the handmade and crafted, was a signature event in this regard, and many of the works in this year's Greater New York, such as Robert Bordo's muted semiabstractions, Gina Beavers's built-up paintings of animal meat and human bodies, and Kevin Beasley's concave relief of house dresses, would have felt at home in that exhibition.