The Resource What was Abstract Expressionism? : abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art, Rex Butler

What was Abstract Expressionism? : abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art, Rex Butler

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What was Abstract Expressionism? : abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art
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What was Abstract Expressionism?
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abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art
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Rex Butler
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"Abstract expressionism is among the many Western art movements that Aboriginal art has been compared to. That is to say, Aboriginal art is understood through abstract expressionism. But what would happen if we reversed the poles and understood abstract expressionism through Aboriginal art? One of the things that Aboriginal art might bring to our understanding of abstract expressionism is a sense of meaningfulness, or even of meaningfulness without meaning. Indeed, it is by means of this category that we might distinguish abstract expressionism from abstract art in general. In this paper, I will outline this distinction through the work of the American philosopher Stanley Cavell, and attempt to show how it plays out in the criticism of one of Cavell's great followers, the art historian Michael Fried. We will see how the search for the 'intention' behind abstract expressionism is replaced by the need to find the motivation that drives abstraction. It is for this reason that something ended in art with the passing of abstract expressionism, at least until it returned with the arrival of contemporary Aboriginal art." [author's abstract]; mentions Rover Thomas and Trevor Nickolls as first Aboriginal artists included in Venice Biennale
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  • Gabori, Sally
  • Napangati, Yukultji
  • Nickolls, Trevor
  • Thomas, Rover
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What was Abstract Expressionism? : abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art, Rex Butler
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Bibliography: pages 89-91
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What was Abstract Expressionism? : abstract Expressionism after Aboriginal Art, Rex Butler
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Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages 89-91
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