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Abstract art : pain and discomfort

Haysom, Robert 2003, Abstract art : pain and discomfort, Double dialogues : art and pain, no. 4, Winter, pp. 1-5.

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Title Abstract art : pain and discomfort
Author(s) Haysom, Robert
Journal name Double dialogues : art and pain
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 1
End page 5
Publisher Double Dialogues
Place of publication Canterbury, Vic.
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1447-9591
Summary Abstract art is often the most baffling to a viewer who may search in vain for a figurative reference or recognisable element. Abstraction may refer to "art that stylises, simplifies, or deliberately distorts something that exists in the real world" (Heller, 2002: 14). Further along the spectrum, however, is abstract art that is non-representational or non-objective and is based on the isolation or interplay between shapes, colours and forms.

The aim of this article is to illustrate how non-objective art can cause discomfort and pain. Here I am using the term ‘non-objective’ to refer to art that does not have recognisable and identifiable imagery. I will make a link between Munch’s The Scream or The Cry and non-objective painting, and argue for a similarity of intent between these works, the works of Kandinsky and of artists loosely described as ‘Op artists’.
Language eng
Field of Research 190599 Visual Arts and Crafts not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2004, Double Dialogues
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004206

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