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Points on a Compass

by HG MASTERS

ETEL ADNAN, Untitled, c. 1995–2000, oil on canvas, installation view at Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut, 2010. 

Courtesy Sfeir-Semler Gallery, Beirut.

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Abstraction is a core concept of modern art, an understanding of which is practically taken for granted today. Though we generally share a loose consensus about what abstract art is, I felt as if I had been slowly losing a firm grip on the textbook narrative that had once given me some sense of certainty. In thinking about recent developments in abstraction, I found…

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