Abstract Art


‘Telling abstraction’s multiple stories through the work of a wonderfully wide range of artists – some familiar, some less so – this book takes a fresh approach to one of modern and contemporary art’s most vital forces’ – Fiona Bradley, Director, The Fruitmarket Gallery


ISBN: 9780500295755 Category:

Stephanie Straine


This lively introduction tells the ever-evolving story of abstract art, tracing its history from the early 1900s right up to the present day. Emerging out of western movements such as Cubism and Expressionism, abstract art quickly became a global phenomenon, changing the face of modern and contemporary art. Stephanie Straine weaves accounts of well-known pioneers with fascinating insights into lesser-known ground-breakers from across the world.

Although abstraction in art is often associated with vagueness or the forbiddingly theoretical, for many artists the abstract represents pure simplicity. Straine’s vivid discussion demystifies the work of over seventy innovative artists – from Wassily Kandinsky to Emma Kunz and Rana Begum – and develops our appreciation of their conceptual approach. A reference section includes a timeline of key exhibitions of abstract art, suggestions for further reading and a glossary of art terms.

Additional information

Weight 413 g
Dimensions 14 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 17 September 2020
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14 x 21.5 cm
Weight 413 g


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Stephanie Straine is Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. She was previously Curator of Exhibitions and Projects at Modern Art Oxford and has worked at Tate Liverpool and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh. She publishes widely on modern and contemporary art, with a focus on artists working with drawing.