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This work focuses on a philosophical consideration of a particular artistic issue: the limits of Abstraction in art. The questions, 'Does Abstract art have a limit?' and 'On what must the creative identification of any such limit rest?' can be understood to arise in relation to certain works of Suprematism, Dadaism, Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Light and Space art, Body art, Land art, and Performance art, and in relation to other less classified or classifiable works of individual artists. As in the course of this work, these questions are of philosophical interest not only because of the depth and complexity of the problems that they define, but due to the relation of those problems to topics in the philosophy of subjects and objects, and to some wider issues in philosophical aesthetics. Many of the points made in this work may be required in, or may qualify, any conceivable world.

Keywords: Conceptualism; Dadaism; Minimalism; Nouveau Réalisme; performance art; philosophy; Suprematism



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