“Not Abstract II”, Andreas Gursky’s sprawling new exhibition at Gagosian Gallery, seeks to prove that the German photographer’s works are not abstract compositions because of their inability to disengage with the subject. Seen from afar Gursky’s gigantic photos are color field bands or geometric compositions; honing in, they morph into tulips, books, or household objects. Once indentified as objects, Gursky claims, the mind cannot go back to abstraction. Be that as it may – while Gursky’s objects may influence the work’s perceived meaning they do not, for example, affect eye movement or spatial recognition. Just like word/image relationships or style-related processing, Gursky’s objects are on equal footing with other cognitive competitors such as titles, auditory distractions, emotional disposition, or educational qualifications – just a few of the numerous factors that influence the emotive experience of abstract art. The mind can sort it out – it just depends on how open it is. At Gagosian through December 23.