To me, the notion of abstract as it applies to art is a work that does not have significant figurative meaning. That does not, in my mind, mean that nothing is recognizable, as in a Pollock painting, but rather that "content" plays a secondary or subservient role to the image as a totality.
Over the years, I have collected many of these images. Aaron Siskind's work is one example of using the abstract derived directly from something existing. He called them "equivalents" and they rival any Abstract Expressionist painting.
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