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date: 24 May 2024

formalism 

Source:
The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists
Author(s):

Ian Chilvers

A term used in the discussion of the arts to describe an approach (on behalf of creator or critic) in which the formal qualities of a work—such as line, shape, and colour—are regarded as self-sufficient for its appreciation, and all other considerations—such as representational, ethical, or social aspects—are treated as secondary or redundant. The idea that formal qualities can have meaning or resonance independently of representative function was essential to the development of ... ...

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