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  • ART REBEL

    I want to show some of my conceptual art created in my studio on youtube but im not sure if anyone will be interested in it.

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  • さいもん祖父Uncle Sy

    The narrator needs to cut back on the coffee; not everyone understands English at that speed. What’s the hurry?

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  • D Solis

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    Beautiful video

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    Thanks for existing PBS Digital Studios. I have learned way more from this guys than from University. When I finally would get a job I NEED to donate money to this people. Thanks

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  • bluewaves overfuji

    voice over sounds like too much cocaine in the coffee

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  • callmejeffbob

    Wow, a lot was packed into 9 minutes, 17 seconds…good job! Of course some important artists were never mentioned. The brief bit on abstract sculpture somehow missed David Smith…oh well! Nonetheless a fantastic video.

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  • h d

    Hilma af Klimt's paintings, according to her, are DIAGRAMS of a supposed spirit world and its interactions, and so very different from the abstraction of Cubism, Supremacism, and Futurism, all of which saw themselves as examining and rethinking assumptions about painting form and art history. I'm all for reassessing women artists' work such that we rethink art history, but blurring the meaning of an established term like abstraction just to make space for a female painter, who herself did not think her work was abstract, is just silly.

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  • BariumCobaltNitrog3n

    This is becoming my favorite place to get excited about art. Not just the tone of your voice but the detail and quality of your research. Astounding.
    What about performance art? Is that a thing? Laurie Anderson may have triggered flash mobs?

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  • Hayyan Helal

    You didn't mention one of the major abstraction steps in art, which's Islamic art. In Islam, it was forbidden to draw humans, animals or plants as they are, since these can only be achieved by God. This forced Islamic artists to focus on abstraction. Arabic calligraphy is one major example, but also Islamic geometric decorations, patterns, and arabesques. These artists tried to express their ideas through sole patterns, nothing else! This is a huge abstraction.
    It's also important to notice that the achievements in geometry in that era helped these artists a lot, and math is an abstraction in itself.

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  • Yo Uniqca

    Thanks for that so much to digest

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  • steve compton

    Forgot to mention the Byzantines. Also the art of 2nd, 3rd, & 4th century Rome. And what about the japanese ukio e? There would have been no abstract art in the 20th century if were not for the influence of ukio e posters on French painters.

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  • Vyjayanthi Konduri

    One of the most inspiring and thought provoking videos I’ve ever seen on YouTube.

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  • sloaches funhouse

    sloaches funhouse

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  • 113 DmG

    Wow. Very good.

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  • Ted Salad

    Concise, clearly thought out..brilliant presentation.

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  • georg wachberg

    brilliant. gave me new thoughts.

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  • Kathia

    so i come home from advanced project painting class to have this recced to me… thanks for being considerate of my education government spies on my phone!!

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  • Joseph Charles Colin - The New Face of Art

    My Art tree limb is from Banksy shepards Brainwash Then me From the Doc….

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  • Artarr

    http://youtu.be/eTxNB-bxxrs
    Another case 🙂

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  • Al Green - Light Through Glass

    The best abstract work intrigues and challenges and goes beyond – it does fail IMHO when it bores once the shock factor is gone.

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  • Tamatemo World

    #eld7e7😍😍

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  • DIM MAK

    Great thought-provoking video. Thanks for taking the time to upload such valuable information!!!

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  • elchonpiras jowi

    tremendous!

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  • Pat W

    this finally makes a little bit more sense but splashing paint still doesnt make sense to me

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  • 7Drummy

    I noticed Nietzsche influence on Abstract art was omitted.

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  • Nika Sokolova

    that's one remarkable video, but seriously, is checking the correct pronunciation of those names not an option at all?

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  • VictorLepanto

    As if abstraction had not always been a theme in art, or for that matter stylization. What happened then was that "abstractionism" was fetishized.

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  • Bananeen

    Thot forms

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  • Snowshowslow

    I am really enjoying the "The case for…" series. Just a small note on Dutch pronunciation, if I may? I don't expect anyone to get names like "van Gogh" right, but Piet Mondriaan's first name is not "Pyet", but pronounced more like "Peat" and doe in Doesburg is not like "Doe (a deer)", but like "do" (as in "I do"). You have these sounds in English 🙂

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  • jacek pokrak

    Regards J.J Pokrak Look at Compmaturism

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  • David Mayhew

    Wo. What a mouth full. Very well done!!!

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  • A.M Tushaar

    too much information, to quick, but gave an overview of what abstraction is – thank you for the efforts

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  • Prystine Echevarria

    Wow this was so well written!

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  • Tim Wilson

    very good, but she needs to pause for reflection, appreciation and breath….

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  • RICHARD FORD

    truth is all art, painting photography sculpture etc, past & present, is abstraction

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  • Jupp Soetebier

    One thing is for sure, Delaunay would NOT have been my friend. What a dickhead.

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  • Jupp Soetebier

    Final observation: "When looked at a different way, what's strange may be the period when humans did not embrace abstraction" — is the truth of it.

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  • Angel Toro

    Hello

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  • Jamie McFarlane

    Maybe the narrator could talk a little bit faster, I'm still able to follow along.

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  • Ehren.Bienert

    Technically ALL art is inherently abstract. There are just varying degrees of representation. Its all subjective anyway. Cezanne, Duchamp and then Warhol turned the whole thing on its head.

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  • Daniël van Ginkel

    You pronounce Piet as Pete.

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  • Random Stranger

    i'm only glad that i found this channel.. thanks !

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  • Suraj Chauhan

    such a shame that an 'art' channel which discusses & tries to explain the profound human imagination have a squeaking & chaotic audio !

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  • xgeronimo005

    Correction: Abstract art didn't first appear in the 19th century, in fact, it's the mother of all art. Consider the first visionary abstract shapes in prehistoric caves, called entoptic imagery consisting of dots, lines and grids. This proto art was a side-effect of magic rituals. The first artists were shamans attempting to communicate their transcendental experiences. The (prehistoric) abstract art was also representative of the invisible world of spirits.

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  • Luis Torres

    Islamic Art? Just saying

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  • CJ Note Visuals

    THANK YOU MY ART ON MY CHANNEL IT MEANS SO MUCH TO HEAR THIS!~

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  • Kasun Withana

    Don't you think abstraction has gone a bit too far? Today people can sell any piece of trash just by calling it abstract art

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  • Janeth Rodríguez

    What an amazing discovery with this channel!!! <3

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  • Thomas Richmond

    Blah, blah, blah….any art that needs to be explained isn’t

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  • Julian Estigarribia

    Bitch stahp!

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  • aeromodeller1

    I have always thought "abstract art" or "abstractionism" were misnomers. It does not correspond to my concept of abstraction. Abstraction seeks to generalize. Each piece of abstract art is a particular. What they usually mean is "nonrepresentational". But even that concept is problematical. There are different ways to represent and degrees of representation.

    Especially paradoxical is "abstract photography". A photograph is an exact optical representation of a particular object. Can't get more representational than that. But photographs of eroded sandstone, broken glass, ice sheets, tree bark, architectural details or leaves are called abstractions. Representational photography shows an object or tells a story that can be put into words. Abstract photographs usually don't.

    Most of the photographs you see are about the subject matter, not about the photograph. This is Aunt Em. This is the Golden Gate Bridge. Abstract photography is about the photograph and how it works. The picture of eroded sandstone is about how light plays on a surface to reveal shape and how the photograph captures that light, revealing form. It is not a geological description of sandstone. It does not suggest a conventional verbal category. It is purely about how tonal gradation reveals form. It is appreciated for itself alone, not for its depiction of something else. Being outside conventional categories makes abstract photographs a bit mysterious, and interesting. They are not limited by a title.

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  • ihopetowin

    Slow down please. Ruined by an insistence of speed.

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  • Susan Connors

    @Daniel Cookman, there is a fascinating little poem called “Reason For Numbers” by Liesel Mueller. This jewel connects math very simply to the art of life. I am an artist who teaches children art, and the connect of art with mathematics at a basic level, and with all of life itself is striking.

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  • Lorenzo Maria Martini

    The premise that man has always sought to reproduce reality as he saw it is so blatantly false that it sounds like my middle school art teacher.

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  • Adam Farcus

    pow! take that Jacob Kassay, woof

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  • Kendall Burks

    Of course, Islamic art was almost entirely abstract for centuries before Europe and America went down that rabbit hole.

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  • Steve Cassidy

    Abstraction and time are captured by an artist from the turn of the century named Gerard. He uses glass instead of canvas to display time and energy and how the two are one. His depiction of the minds attempt to quantify and qualify what it experiences through sight and touch are exemplified within and wothout space that can be touched by the hand but is illusion to the senses. Time between frames of an 8mm projection onto air and nothing became something revolving around itself.

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  • peanut12345

    Art museum and shows wants to get $$$ like Mr Madoff and Barnum.

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  • MICHAEL ZIONIST KING ENGLISH

    Amazing!!

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  • gary schofield

    A person is conditioned from birth to comprehend their own culture, and all things within that culture are familiar to them, they only require education to understand them better. Modern art is a theoretical cultural construct; one must receive academic education in order to understand its enquiries.

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  • Kiki G

    I still dont get it. What is the point of painting a canvas black or putting 2 cubes on it?

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  • margietalk

    thanx! a lot of ground covered….needed to be slower for my addled brain, but pause works.

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  • Chante Moody

    Wow, some of this art is gorgeous! There are several artists I want to learn more about, just from watching this video. Thanks for the video. <3

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  • david van mersbergen

    I've seen enough Rembrandts, el Grecos, & Monets to know when a fraud is being perpetrated on me. Ellsworth Kelly et al. were con artists!!! The critics and museum curators are their accomplices. To reflect reality as a jumble mess or say your feelings are tools of thinking & understanding it is an insult to one's intellect. It used to be the term artist meant one was talented and has great technical expertise. Now any mediocre, talentless brat can be an artist. And no one asks why.
    To explain that one does not know enough about art (or music) & to rattle off a bunch of names does not justify the assault on the senses that is abstract art or make it worthy of explanation and study.

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  • Ma Hoff

    Is the video running at twice the speed? The tempo is inhumane.

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  • Steve Deasy

    What's strange is the people who don't embrace abstraction

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  • Patrick Moran

    Introversion is abstraction. When you start abstracting abstraction, you get the type of artwork illustrated here.

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  • Image Editor

    How to drink your coffee quickly.
    Everytime she finishes a sentence, take a sip.

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  • plekkchand

    There is something very, very aimless and empty about this video.

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  • Marcel Moonen

    Interesting summary, waiting for the 2hr version of this video. 😉

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  • dijon streak

    awesome survey…very much appreciated…concise and clear…no hoopla !!

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  • NW Art

    These are great. I do however have one suggestion. I'd personally enjoy them and embrace this info a little easier if you slowed down the narration and photos. I felt rushed thru–it's a lot of interesting info folks and would be absorbed better at a slower pace. Thanks, carry on.

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  • orbitalsatellite

    Probably the most perfect essay about abstract art that I've experienced.

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  • Jose Baldizon

    "And no one was given a compass, really, for navigating this new art terrain, for interpreting it, for appreciating it." EXACTLY. This line is at the heart of the immense frustration millions of people feel about art: we don't get what it means. Ironically, this video doesn't help at all. It mentions artists and shows their paintings. Thanks for nothing. Talk about what an individual piece means, please. I've seen no one except the Nerdwriter delve into the significance of a piece of art.

    A Joe Shmoe makes a blank 50" x 50" piece and the average Joe is supposed to look at it and feel what exactly? You go to the MoMa, and next to the paintings you see these little white cards with the name of the artist and the year. Nothing about the significance of the painting. It's almost like the MoMa people don't know what the art means either.

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  • Dadson worldwide

    The ab in abstract stand for absent as in missing qaulty.lavk of beauty.
    its for people who cant paint straight lines or realist pictures. its a hoax just anyother way for rich to hide there money by investing .
    Its very much a lack of talent .so if you cant paint just do abstract art.

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  • Señor Everything

    The album art for Bon Iver's self titled album is imo one of the BEST examples of balancing abstraction and straight landscaping. Absolutely gorgeous.

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  • Dries Ketels

    This is why I love this century so much. Great art videos in high quality video format delivered to your doorstep for free on YouTube.

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  • rishikesh jadhav

    this made me think Imma be da next abstract piccaso of dis world !

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  • deadanna

    This very quick overview of abstraction is BRILLIANTLY executed!!! Excellent work!
    “The art of abstraction” by Matthew Collings is also a really great documentary series on this subject if anyone is interested.

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  • Martin Kennedy

    A slower narrative pace would help…… This breathless and manic delivery mitigates the content.

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  • Anej Nuhanovic

    Just more research on pronouncing these names would gain more relevance…for this video. Thanks

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  • Thabang Mojela

    wow. everytime <3 <3 <3.

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  • Devin Michael Roberts

    Abstraction means to abstract form nature.. all of this crap you see now days has nothing to do with abstracting form anything. It's just showing off and ego. The true abstraction as you see in the early part of this is when painters or artists like JMW Turner abstracted from the natural world around them. Simply slapping paint randomly on a canvas and trying to figure out what it means after so you can market it to the gallery isn't abstraction. SO many artists now do this, they just slap random designs down and then they find something in that random design and claim they intended it all along when in reality it was all accidental.

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  • James Tudsbury

    If it's not a recognisable bowl of fruit on a table, it's crap.

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  • Fawaz Rob

    You started off well, but then, all you did was mindlessly recite names of artists. If you just talk about 'art periods' that was invented by few artists and art critics, it does not explain anything. If you want to make a case for abstraction, you have to explain the grammar and why it was important for that time.

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  • Tim

    Most abstraction is poorly done. There has to be STANDARDS in Art.

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  • Stuart Hartley

    Editing out your breaths is like removing full stops and commas from the written word. Both horrid to encounter.

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  • James Chan

    I wish there was a none nude version so I could show my Grade 6s. While I don't have an issue with it some parents might be offended a teacher shows paintings with nudity in the video

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  • Kevin

    I'm high and imma draw. Loved this video.

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  • Richard A

    Being an artist and designer, I believe abstract art is pure crap. Anyone can make the simple blobs and smears and paint specks that these people are doing. That's not to say I don't like some of it if has the right colors and shapes, but then I just go home and easily recreate it myself because this is simple stuff.

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  • Cowboy 88

    I just dont like the whole paint splatter bs

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  • Martina Agatic

    She speaks too fast, makes me anxious and overwhelmed with information. This is about art, not about how many art facts can you squeeze into 9 min video. There is not a 0.5 sec of pause between the sentences geez slooww down

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  • Gaymu

    brilliant video

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  • Miriam Weilandt

    Damn. You just showed me the works of Norman Lewis and I had no idea I could find abstract art so powerful

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  • Rajesh Budhathoki

    I am art student and very interested in abstraction, I'm going good with my structural understanding of value and proportions to portray things in a realistic order. But I'm focusing more on experiment and interested in abstract thinking, I'm spending most of my energy, time and money on it. I think what we see infront in this pragmatic world is very limited, and we may not be accurate to every creature that has a vision or own perspective. We are bound to believe in things that exist. we humans have achieved good work on technologies and material success, but not in deep knowledge vision which is yet to be known or introduced. I think abstract is a basic idea of understanding things inside every mater in this universe including us. I'm doing my work as a student in fine arts, I want to see beyond every question and things which doesn't exist. I believe one day humanity Will reach out there and will be able to summarize the real reality!

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  • Roman

    I would argue that composition is the communication of abstraction and is present throughout all the old masters pictures

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  • Khalid shah Shinwari

    I am an artsist. I love abstract art. As i havr done my thesis project in abstraction I have a question which asked by my fellows , is that necessory to be a realistic artist to have abstraction art ?
    Could any one paint abstraction ?
    Or you have to learn to paint realisticly ?

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  • MikeHott VODdotCom

    Art is in the eye of the beholder. This means there is no such thing art instruction…
    Art class in school is this: GIVE THE KIDS PAPER AND A BOX OF CRAYONS… end of instruction.

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  • Mindful Attraction 2.0

    I don't buy it

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  • Peter Orthmann

    Slow down.

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  • HEATGOLDSTARBOYS2PACSKIT1FAKEBANKSKIT2TRIP

    i mean if we like abstract music such as modal jazz we can enjoy abstract art.

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