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Preliminary Issues Relevant To Essentialist Abstraction

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The notion of abstraction that is key to determining the limits of Abstraction in art is the notion of dragging away, removing, or separating the relevant from the irrelevant, the essential from the inessential. Levels of Abstraction in art concern art forms and media and the sorts of object that a particular medium or combinations of media allows to be constructed. The point about Essentialist Abstraction having a particular aesthetic is an important one, and when it talks about aesthetic of Essentialism, it is not limiting the notion of the aesthetic to the perceptual, but include as of equal or greater importance the aesthetic of ideas or the conceptual. The point of importance is that philosophy can only state the presuppositions of Essentialist Abstraction, it cannot produce works in which the limits of Abstraction are essentially identified. For that you need art.

Keywords: art; Essentialist Abstraction; philosophy

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