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This book is a bold new exploration of the origins and evolution of an influential art movement. For the first time, the origins of the abstract are explored in more depth. 24 x 30.8 cm
We approach history not chronologically, but thematically and categorized by subject. Karmel focuses on the subject and shows how the artists express themselves through their abstract visual language. Bodies and landscapes, cosmologies and calligraphy, architecture and patterns. From the pioneers to the protégés of the genre - Kazimir Malevich, Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kadinsky, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Bridget Riely, Anni Albers, Sean Scully, Julie Methretu and Wu Guanzhong, just to name a few to name. There is also a lot of room for Dutch artists, often masters of the abstract - think for example of Piet Mondriaan, who himself believed he recognized abstraction in Dutch works before Jan van Eyck, and Bart van der Leck.