abstraction abstraction  /æb ˈstræk ʃən/


  1. (n) a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
  2. (n) the act of withdrawing or removing something
  3. (n) the process of formulating general concepts by abstracting common properties of instances
  4. (n) an abstract painting
  5. (n) preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
  6. (n) a general concept formed by extracting common features from specific examples


  1. Stuck with bumper sticker slogans on the economy, and while he got a bit more detailed on foreign policy, he stayed at his usual level of abstraction.
  2. For all the emphasis on abstraction, the art committee achieved a remarkable variety.
  3. And in the same years that abstraction was getting thinner and flatter, Pop gave artists a way to reintroduce the recognizable imagery that Greenberg thought was hopelessly retro.


  1. Review: 'Painting in Place' flings open conceptual abstraction doors

    LAND's scruffy and ambitious show at the old Farmers & Merchants Bank downtown reveals the wide world of conceptual abstraction. Before the 1980s, abstract painting typically embraced pure form — gesture or geometry as something self-contained, insulated from outside contamination.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. Churchill Downs: Abstraction getting test in Matt Winn

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – With just three career starts, Abstraction is the least experienced of the 11 3-year-olds who make up a terrific field for the Grade 3, $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Daily Racing Form

  3. Hear Arp Ditch Synths for a Church Organ on 'More (Blues)'

    Arp, a.k.a. electro composer Alexis Georgopoulos, is leaving synth abstraction behind on his next album. On September 17, Smalltown Supersound will release  MORE , a 12-track collection that marks a dramatic shift for the New York-based artist...
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Spin


  1. "Traveling down the road to self-respect my own white blood would never recede into mere abstraction," Obama wrote. "I was left to wonder what else I would be severing if I left my mother and my grandparents at some uncharted border."
    on Dec 13, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: FOXNews

  2. "I just create shapes and forms with human bodies. It's an abstraction, it's a performance, it's an installation," Tunick said. "So I don't care how many people showed up. All I know is that I filled up my space."
    on May 6, 2007 By: Spencer Tunick Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "The Bible is full of abstraction," said Fujimura, an elder at a Greenwich Village church he helped start. "Think about this God who created the universe, the heavens and the earth from nothing. In order to have faith you have to reach out to...
    on Jul 26, 2007 By: Makoto Fujimura Source: Houston Chronicle

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