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How the formal ingenuity of abstract art has been cross fertilized by creative discrepancies a cross cultural voyage stretching from Hong Kong and Islamic regions to Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United StatesFor anyone who thinks the question of abstract art is settled, this book will come as a surprise 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 second volume in the Annotating Art s Histories series alters our understanding of abstract art as a signifier of modernity by revealing the multiple directions it has taken in wide ranging international contextsImpure, 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 Discrepant Abstraction is essential reading for students, practitioners and anyone curious about cross cultural interaction in the visual artsCopublished with inIVA Institute of International Visual Arts, London Discrepant Abstraction


About the Author: Kobena Mercer

Kobena Mercer is a writer and critic living in London He is the editor of Pop Art and Vernacular Cultures, Cosmopolitan Modernisms, and Discrepant Abstraction all published by The MIT Press and inIVA , author of Welcome to the Jungle New Positions in Black Cultural Studies, and an inaugural recipient of the Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing, presented by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.


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