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Abstraction in Art and Nature by Nathan Cabot Hale
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Read alongside Point and Line to Plane. These two books take diametrically opposite, and supplementary approaches.
Point and Line to Plane is primarily a priori and Abstraction in Art and Nature a posteriori. They benefit from being read together.

Unlike Point and Line to Plane, this derives formal relationship through observation, knowledge and analogy and applies them. This is more of a workbook or a reference book, I therefore skimmed it (I didn't do the exercises.)

The "abstraction" in the title is deceptive, as the primary emphasis is on the way that abstract forms inform the observation and representation of nature, although it may also prove valuable to those who work in "purer" abstract forms.

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Reading Progress

March 30, 2011 – Started Reading
March 30, 2011 – Shelved
April 22, 2011 –
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May 11, 2011 – Finished Reading

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