semi·​ab·​stract | \ ˌse-mē-ab-ˈstrakt How to pronounce semiabstract (audio) , -ˈab-ˌstrakt, ˌse-ˌmī-, -mi-\

Definition of semiabstract

: having subject matter that is easily recognizable although the form is stylized semiabstract art

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semiabstraction \ ˌse-​mē-​ab-​ˈstrak-​shən How to pronounce semiabstraction (audio) , ˌse-​ˌmī-​ , -​mi-​ \ noun

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What resulted was a semiabstract tangle of expressionist images: fires burning, hooded figures converging, a pair of lifeless legs hanging. New York Times, "Joe Overstreet, Painter and Activist, Is Dead at 85," 10 June 2019 Inside, the walls of the white cube space are lined with Ms. Dodd’s gorgeously semiabstract paintings, made with funky materials like cuttlefish ink, black tea, plant and flower extracts and kombucha scoby (a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast). New York Times, "What to See in New York Art Galleries This Week," 10 May 2018 Sara Outing’s set, with its semiabstract array of empty frames, underlines the question, with contributions from Alyssandra Docherty’s sensitive lighting and Larry Fowler’s sound design. Julia M. Klein,, "Elegant, persuasive '2.5 Minute Ride' at Theatre Horizon," 12 Oct. 2017 Gallery 209 opening and reception Sculptor Gordon E. Lyon exhibits semiabstract works to actual subjects along with 11 other artists, whose work ranges from abstract to realism. Washington Post, "Montgomery County community calendar," 31 May 2017 The formula was basic: to carve wood into small, semiabstract forms resembling spoons, chess pieces, African sculptures (and works by Brancusi and Giacometti), bones, bobbins, balls, melon slices, sand dollars and toy boats. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "11 Galleries to Visit Now on the Upper East Side and in Harlem," 27 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of semiabstract

1871, in the meaning defined above

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