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The Semiotics of Abstraction

Ad Reinhardt: Abstraction (1939-44)

Ad Reinhardt: Abstraction (1939-44) cc: flickr.com/photos/euthman

In Charles S. Peirce’s Collected Papers (1895), he states that “every picture is essentially a representation”. In Mythologies (1972), Roland Barthes suggests that pictures “become a kind of writing as soon as they are meaningful”. In consideration of these theories, where does Abstract Art fit? Given that much of Abstraction uses visual language to create meaning that is separated from the world, how does does it reflect and produce meaning? Does Abstraction, by striving not to be representational or meaningful, create a different types of signs?

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2011 by in writings and tagged , .

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I've created this site to document and share research and activities related to my Masters of Arts program. It's partially a blog, partially a journal, partially whatever you want it to be. Feel free to have a good look around at what I'm reading, seeing, writing and thinking about. I'd love to see/hear your comments.

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