from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or being a style of art in which natural objects are not represented realistically; abstract.

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  • n. With respect to an assignment or mission, something that is not an objective or goal.
  • adj. Not objective; biased.

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  • adj. not representing or imitating external reality or the objects of nature


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  • the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and other major museums, was often called "nonobjective cinema," a term used to describe movies that dispense with representation and immerse the viewer in a meditative world of pure unspooling form.

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  • This show includes six nonobjective masterpieces by Malevich, including "Suprematist Composition: Airplane Flying" (1915), which seemingly positions us at the origin of creation, and "Mystic Suprematism" (1920-27), a precise distillation of the torsion experienced in an El Greco crucifixion.

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  • Make your own abstract conclusions then a make colorful impression on our remarkably nonobjective world.

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  • Similar nonobjective analysis is applied to the 9/11 attack: It was a strategic blunder by al Qaeda, Mr. Bergen concedes, because the U.S. response destroyed the safe haven provided by the Taliban in Afghanistan; it nearly obliterated the senior leadership of the organization; and it elicited world-wide condemnation.

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  • Ilya Bolotowsky's "Double Diamond" (1949), with two overlapping diamond shapes and interlocking patterns of color, is as good as it gets for American nonobjective painting.

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  • The answer lies on the back cover of the book -- a symbol of the sacred marriage of opposites in resolution to the objective/nonobjective dichotomy polarizing art in the last half of the 20th century.

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  • When Solomon became interested in nonobjective contemporary paintings in the late 1920s, Guggenheim remained involved in his collecting and his foundation, and even proposed Frank Lloyd Wright as the architect for what later became the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

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  • The titles of the nonobjective compositions of Louise Fishman (b. 1939) began to reflect her Jewish identity in the 1980s: Had Gadya and Bitter Herb are associated with Passover, while Sanctum Sanctorum uses abstract imagery to express the equally abstract notion of the sacred.

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  • The absence of any consensus of what works and why it works, other than the vaguest guidelines, and the inability to prevent nonobjective reports on fad diets becoming part of the gossip gospel suggests we are a long way from being able to create a useful market for medical care information.

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  • We had very little political reason to be nonobjective.

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