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A trend in painting and sculpture in the twentieth century. Abstract art seeks to break away from traditional representation of physical objects. It explores the relationships of forms and colors, whereas more traditional art represents the world in recognizable images.

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  • In the late 1960s the PCR was disturbed by the extent to which abstract art had blossomed despite party disapproval.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • The screen went into a beautiful burst of abstract art, and cleared, after a while, with Skordran Kirv looking out of it.

    Time Crime H. Beam Piper
  • Nor can we draw the immediate inference that abstract art is inappropriate in a frame.

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