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Concrete art


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Term applied to abstract art that is intended to be totally autonomous, without any figurative meaning or symbolic associations. The name was coined by Theo van Doesburg, who in Paris in 1930 issued a manifesto called Art Concret (it took the form of the first number of a periodical with this title, but no other numbers were issued). Although Concrete art is typically severely geometrical, it is not necessarily so: for example, the sculpture of Max Bill (an artist particularly associated with Concrete art) often uses graceful spiral or helix shapes.


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