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Stout’s doubt

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This article looks at the American painter Myron Stout (1908–1987) in relation to arguments made in the early to mid-1960s around abstract art, as well as later historical re-evaluations of Minimalism. Using ‘doubt’ as explored by both Richard Shiff and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, I propose a re-reading of an artist who has been historically and aesthetically displaced. In the end I argue for a productive understanding of temporal resistances.
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Keywords: Merleau-Ponty; Myron Stout; abstract painting; doubt; geometric painting; minimalism; modernism; postcolonialism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of the Arts London

Publication date: October 1, 2016

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