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Abstract Art: A Global History


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1. Bodies: Dancers, Athletes and Poets; Workers and Machines; Totems; Presences; Organs and Fluids * 2. Landscapes: Vortexes and Gusts; Cliffs, Waterfalls and Fog; Waves; Open Windows; Vibrations * 3. Cosmologies: Orbits; Suns and planets; Star Charts * 4. Architectures: Towers, Buildings and Boxes; Windows, Plans and Elevations * 5. Signs & Patterns: Fabric and Decoration; Typography; Calligraphy; Maps and Charts

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Taking content as a guide to form, this important survey on abstract art breaks open the canon to make room for artists from across the globe

About the Author

Pepe Karmel received his B.A. from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and now teaches in the Department of Art History, New York University. He is the author of Picasso and the Invention of Cubism, and has written for publications including Art in America and The New York Times. Karmel has also curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions.


'Karmel approaches the field not as a steady tunnelling toward nothingness, as figures and other discernible objects fell away, but as something more dynamic - and much less white, Western, and male' - Vogue.com
'Handsomely illustrated' - Best Art Books of 2020, Sunday Times
'Magnificent ... warmly recommended to anyone who loves art and possesses an open mind' - Evening Standard

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