Does Abstraction Have Meaning?
Does Abstraction Have Meaning? (follow this link for the PDF)
Modern art is constantly plagued by the accusation that, ‘anyone could have produced that,why is it so valuable?’ This challenge masks an assumption that there is a representative function in art; that art must, in some way, be mimetic of the world around. While this essay, uploaded first for lack of any other content, does not address this challenge head on, it does aim to show that at least purely abstract works of art are something other than just innocuous decoration. My hope is that it is both clear and enjoyable.
Please feel free to add your thoughts to this an any ensuing posts – any good dialogue is likely to find its way into publication.