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On Abstraction 2

'Abstraction is not relevant because it has no referent to reality.' It strikes me that one could argue that abstract art is more real than representational art. Figurative art needs a referent, a connection to reality through verisimilitude, or at least resemblance. Abstract art is a thing in itself, and therefore both part of the world and separate from it.

Abstract art can refer to the world without necessarily replicating it. It can be an object, an image, anything new. Perhaps this is another defining feature. Abstract art, the abstract art object is by definition new, never having existed before.