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On Subjects And Objects And Artistic Complexes: The Material Of Essentialism

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This chapter identifies those things with which, given all of the preceding considerations, even the most Abstract artwork cannot dispense, and which, with respect to what has been seen, therefore form the basis for investigating the limits of Abstraction in art within an Essentialist framework. Essentialism explores the possible uses of things that are essential to comprehending the identity of an artwork to effect that identity. Those things that are essentially involved with the comprehension of the identity of an artwork are the essential elements of artistic complexes, and everything else is superfluous and hence inessential to determine the limits of Abstraction. Hence the importance of the identification of the essential elements of artistic complexes to the Essentialist project. The chapter consists of attention to things that pertain to these essential elements and their possible use in determining the limits of Abstraction.

Keywords: abstract artwork; artistic complexes; essential elements; essentialism; essentialist framework



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