Richard: Because it fails to meet the fundamental requirement of art-that it represent-abstract art will eventually b...

CJ on October 15, 2017

Question help

I identified this question as a point at issue question. I went on to be tricked by the question. I understand why all of the incorrect answers are wrong, but I do not understand why e is correct. It seems to me that Jung-su ceded the fact that abstract art is representational "makers of abstract art choose to represent..." Could you help me understand where I went wrong? Thank you,


Mehran on October 16, 2017

Hi @Walker, thanks for your post. This is indeed tricky.

How would Richard and Jung-Su answer the following question: Is abstract art representational?

Richard would say no (abstract art "fails to meet the fundamental requirement of art - that it represent . . .").

Jung-Su would say yes! ("Although artists . . . may reject literal representation, makers of abstract art choose to represent . . .").

Thus, these two disagree over whether abstract art is representational. This is why answer choice (E) is correct. Hope this helps!

jing jing on September 6, 2020

But Why is D wrong? I thought Richard says abstract art is aberration and JungSu says abstract art is mainstream art? Sorry I don't understand why D would be wrong. Thank you

on March 4 at 08:49PM

^ I am having the same problem as these two students.

The reason that I didn't pick D is being of the fact the it says abstract art "will be seen" as representational. Jung-Su says nothing to acknowledge that abstract art "will be seen" as representational, they just say that it is representational in some way.

The reason I picked E is the same as @jing jing - that Richard says abstract art is an aberration and Jung-Su says it will be seen as a part of mainstream.

The explanation given doesn't clarify D for me. Would love some more help!

Emil on March 22 at 11:12PM

Hi @isabelschindler, I agree that the timeframe matters. We know that abstract is part of the mainstream in Jung Su's argument, but we cannot prove that just because something is mainstream now does not mean it will never be seen as an aberration. In fact, we know nothing about Jung Su's opinion about what makes something an aberration.