Discrepant Abstraction is hybrid and partial, elusive and repetitive, obstinate and strange. It includes almost everything that does not neatly fit into the institutional narrative of abstract art as a monolithic quest for artistic purity. Exploring cross-cultural scenarios in twentieth-century art, this book alters our understanding of abstract art as a signifier of modernity by revealing the multiple directions it has taken in wide-ranging international contexts.

Impure, imperfect, and incomplete, the version of abstraction that emerges from this global journey - from Hong Kong and Islamic regions to Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States - shows how the formal ingenuity of abstract art has been cross-fertilized, from abstract expressionism onwards, by creative discrepancies that arise when disparate visual languages are brought into dialogue.
Alternative title

Annotating Art's Histories

Access level

Onsite

editor

Kobena MERCER

Location code REF.MEK
Language

English

Keywords

abstractionTaiwanPakistanChinaHong Kong

Publication/Creation date

2006

No of pages

232

ISBN / ISSN

026263337X

No of copies

2

Content type

anthology

Chapter headings
To Avoid the Inscrutable: Abstract Expresssionism and the 'Oriental Mode'

- Stanley ABE, 阿部賢次

Abstraction and Modern Chinese Art

- David CLARKE, 祈大衛

Rethinking Calligraphic Modernism

- Iftikhar DADI

Discrepant Abstraction
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