Abstract art

abstract art

A trend in painting and sculpture in the twentieth century. Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colors, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognizable images.
Contemporary Examples

What the Nazis did not care for was largely contemporary and abstract art, the likes of Chagall and Dufy and Klee, to name a few.
Nazi Art Hoard Just the Tip of the Iceberg for Lost Art Noah Charney November 12, 2013

From pop rocks with an audio track to abstract art drizzled in syrup, restaurants are taking dessert way beyond coffee and cake.
High-Concept Desserts from Star Chefs Jennie Yabroff January 14, 2011

Wells and thousands of others have found an unexpected forum for abstract art, and Keck has found another market.
eBay’s Millionaire Artist Graham T. Beck August 20, 2010

Tess Giberson deconstructs her knits until they are little more than fragile strands, turning them into a kind of abstract art.
The Oscar de la Renta Effect Robin Givhan September 12, 2011

Historical Examples

In the late 1960s the PCR was disturbed by the extent to which abstract art had blossomed despite party disapproval.
Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

The screen went into a beautiful burst of abstract art, and cleared, after a while, with Skordran Kirv looking out of it.
Time Crime H. Beam Piper

Nor can we draw the immediate inference that abstract art is inappropriate in a frame.
The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 Various

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