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Mid 20th cent 2018

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  1. 1. 1900-MID 20TH CENTURY ART: Art center moves from Paris to New York Social Commentary and Abstraction
  2. 2. The Steerage- Alfred Stieglitz 1907 Social Commentary
  3. 3. The Armory Show 1913- International exhibition of Modern Art in NYC- • Matisse • Picasso • Braque • Duchamp • Kandinsky • Kirchner • Brancusi The New York Herald: “The United States is invaded by Aliens…Modernism is of precisely the same heterogeneous alien origin…” Fountain- original 1917 The “Ready Made”
  4. 4. Marcel Duchamp Fountain- original 1917 The “Ready Made” DADA
  5. 5. Duchamp- Nude Descending a Staircase 1912- Cubism and Futurism Influenced by Jules Etienne Marey 1886 Artsy- Armory show
  6. 6. African Art and Cubism
  7. 7. Les Demoiselles D’Avignon 1907
  8. 8. Guernica
  9. 9. Braque The Portuguese, 1911 Analytic Cubism When Braque saw Les Demoiselles for the first time, he went into a state of shock. However, many months after this initial encounter, Braque reconsidered his initial reaction and responded with Large Nude (1908), in which he follows Picasso's lead and combines several points of view in one image. Braque subordinates color in order to attain a geometric structure of overlapping, shifting, tilted cubes that seem to project out of and into the picture plane.
  10. 10. HENRI MATISSE Fauvism LES FAUVES 1905-1908
  11. 11. Goldfish, Matisse 1912
  12. 12. ABSTRACTION-simplification; reduction to the essential PURE FORM:FORMAL ELEMENTS OF ART
  13. 13. Wassily Kandinsky
  14. 14. Wassily Kandinsky Improvisation #28 1912
  15. 15. RUSSIA: Malevich SUPREMATISM AND CONSTRUCTIVISM Suprematist Composition Airplane Flying 1915 “supreme reality is PURE FEELING which attaches to no object”
  16. 16. Pure language of shape and color Dynamic relationships All people can have an intuitive response 1917- Russian revolution wipes out the past. Malevich and “Suprematist” and “Constructivist” artists felt art should not be practical or tied to objective world- art should be feeling based.
  17. 17. Piet Mondrian Composition in Red, Blue and Yellow 1930 Holland 1917: co-founded “De Stijl”- The Style: pure plastic art Limited formal vocabulary
  18. 18. Mondrian distilled his representations of the world to their basic vertical and horizontal elements, which represented the two essential opposing forces: the positive and the negative, the dynamic and the static. The compositions reflect what he saw as the universal balance of these forces.
  19. 19. DE STIJL (The Style): INFLUENCED BY MONDRIAN’S WORK A utopian group focused mainly on architecture and design - Influenced by ideas & work coming out of the: Bauhaus (school in Germany, headed by the architect Walter Gropius) - Believed post-WWI a new age that would involve a higher state of consciousness & values - Machine age would ease man’s personal living needs, create a harmonious environment - “There is an old and a new consciousness…The old one is directed toward the individual. The new one is directed toward the universal.” - Wanted beauty, harmony, spirituality & community in every creative undertaking - Goal: total integration of art & life
  20. 20. Josef Albers- Germany • Part of the Bauhaus- (closed under Nazis in 1933) • A bridge between European & American Art. • Architect Philip Johnson brought him to Black Mountain College in NC, Albers brought Willem de Kooning there; Albers later went to Yale. • Published books on color theory. Elaine de Kooning wrote that however impersonal his paintings might at first appear, not one of them “could have been painted by any one but Josef Albers himself.”
  21. 21. SCULPTURE: abstraction Constantin Brancusi Bird in Space 1928
  22. 22. Dedication to "truth to materials”- idea was to change art from being a window through which one saw a world created by the artist or an illusion, but instead a concern for the materials that one was working with, so that paint was clearly paint and stone was obviously stone. The modern trend is thought to be inspired in part by the work of Michelangelo who carefully quarried and selected his marble with specific figures in mind. His work made the viewer aware of the beauty of the stone as well as the figures themselves.
  23. 23. Truth to Materials: Marble, stone, bronze, Wood, metal…polished for days “I pursue the inner, hidden reality, the very essence of objects in their own intrinsic fundamental nature; this is my only deep preoccupation.” THE KISS 1908
  24. 24. Kirchner, Dresden 1908 German Expressionism
  25. 25. Self-Portrait as a Soldier Ernst Ludwig Kirchner 1915
  26. 26. German Expressionism and Kathe Kollwitz Considered one of Germany’s most important early 20th-century artists, Käthe Kollwitz captured the hardships suffered by the working class. Themes of war and poverty dominate Kollwitz’s oeuvre, with images of women grieving dead children a particularly important and recurring theme—an experience that Kollwitz suffered herself when her son died in WWI, influencing her decision to become a Socialist. Kollwitz’s exploration of human suffering amounted to a searing indictment of social conditions in Germany. In 1936, the Nazis declared Kollwitz’s art “degenerate” and her artworks were removed from museums.
  27. 27. Memorial Sheet for Karl Liebknecht Kollwitz created this image as a response to the brutal murder of Karl Liebknecht, a Communist leader who helped lead an armed revolt against the Socialist Democratic Party after Germany declared war in 1914 Since 1919, an annual Liebknecht-Luxemburg Demonstration has been held in Berlin, the world's largest funerary parade, and the biggest meeting of the German left. 14,000 people attended the rally in Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg's honor in 2016.
  28. 28. REALISM AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY : United States (mainly 30’s & 40’s) - Responses rural and urban settings, affected by the depression, WWII and change of family structure that happens for blacks and whites alike in the migration to the city. - African-Americans migrated north seeking work in Northern cities, seeking more racial tolerance and job opportunities - Artists comment on the social events and social nature of the world around them; on the psychological tone of the time. - They hope to bring awareness and change conditions Dorothea Lange- Works Project Administration(WPA) and US Farms Security Administration (FSA) documentary photographer.
  29. 29. Dorothea Lange Migrant Mother 1935
  30. 30. War and Japanese Internment
  31. 31. Jacob Lawrence 1940 #49 from The Migration of the Negro
  32. 32. Romare Bearden Part of the “Harlem Renaissance”, along with writers like Langston Hughes
  33. 33. Detroit Auto Industry Mural: Diego Rivera
  34. 34. Diego Rivera Ancient Mexico 1929-35
  35. 35. Diego Rivera, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central Park
  36. 36. 99
  37. 37. Frida Kahlo The Two Fridas 1939
  38. 38. Existentialist philosophy- Differences with Rodin? Man is solitary, alienated from others
  39. 39. “The Surrealist Table” Giacometti Invited Meret Oppenheim into a major surrealist exhibition She made a sculpture called Giacometti’s ear.
  40. 40. Meret Oppenheim Le Dejeuner en Fourrure 1936, MOMA, NYC Surrealist Inspired by a comment from Picasso that everything looks better in fur- erotic connotations Photographs by Man Ray
  41. 41. http://mondo- blogo.blogspot.com/2011/05/meret- oppenheim-is-weirder-than-you- are.html Meret in a paper jacket she made Surrealism
  42. 42. THE NEW YORK SCHOOL: (Later 1940’s – 1950’s) - Abstract Expressionism the first major American avant-garde movement -by 1940 many European artists established in New York, due to war in Europe -Younger artists interested in examining and revealing the unconscious through use of automatism and chance - Interested in objectifying the canvas and using a wide range of materials - Younger artists also interested in expressing and evoking emotion Abstract Expressionism develops along two lines: - Gestural Abstraction and - Chromatic Abstraction / Color Field Painting
  43. 43. - Artists drawn to Carl Jung’s ideas concerning the Collective Unconscious The Collective Unconscious: beneath one’s private memories and private unconscious is a storehouse of feelings and symbolic associations shared by all humans; the universal aspect of the human psyche - it contains instinctive patterns, thoughts and behaviors that human beings identify as emotions and values. - Collective Unconscious can only be examined and understood through its projected images and symbols (daydreams, fantasies, myths, spiritual trances and art) Jung’s ideas provide artists with a deeper, more spiritual basis for their work
  44. 44. Goals of Abstract Expressionism: expression of artist’s spontaneous emotions - to delve into the unconscious - to explore the inherent qualities of the paint medium - To use the expressive quality of the medium to express emotions and ideas - to explore the surface of the canvas - to embrace the flatness of the picture plane - to explore the act of creating (the intuitive action, energy, vitality of moving paint on canvas) Subject Matter - Generally non-objective, completely abstract works- some figures Stylistic Attributes: - no central focus - spontaneous, energetic application of pigment - drips and huge slashing brush strokes, traces of the action and the process - almost as though trying to get inside canvas itself - “Action Painting” coined in 1952 by Harold Rosenberg
  45. 45. Jackson Pollock Lavender Mist 1950
  46. 46. A UNIQUE TECHNIQUE AND STYLE: The finding of fractal dimensions in drip paintings of Jackson Pollock, an enigmatic American abstract expressionist, has sparked a sensation among scholars in different disciplines. It was even marveled that “Pollock was honing his ability to generate fractals a full quarter century before fractal geometry was formally described”
  47. 47. • On the floor I am more at ease. I feel nearer, more a part of the painting, since this way I can walk around it, work from the four sides and literally be in the painting. This is akin to the method of the Indian sand painters of the West. • My paintings do not have a center, but depend on the same amount of interest throughout. • Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is. • We have a mechanical means of representing objects in nature such as the camera and photograph. The modern artist, it seems to me, is working and expressing an inner world – in other words – expressing energy, motion and the other inner forces.
  48. 48. Willem De Kooning Woman 1 1950-52 Worked on this for 2 years Different than Pollock, because?
  49. 49. COLOR FIELD ABSTRACTION / CHROMATIC ABSTRACTIONISM (Late 40’s – 1960’s) Artists whose interest focus on the emotional, expressive, and aesthetic possibilities of color - Canvases are still large and abstract with areas of gesture (zips, blurred strokes) - But overall, they are much quieter, with a de-acceleration of motion, lines, texture - Shapes become fields of intense homogenous color, intended to express ideas and emotions - Color used to create huge expansive spaces intended to evoke a sense of deep infinity, spirituality, tranquility - Large canvases intended to subdue the spectator’s ego and to create a sense of AWE (the sublime) - Jungian psychology and Buddhism contribute to artist’s idea of a transcendent world
  50. 50. Mark Rothko #14 1960 #11 Sold recently for 46 million dollars
  51. 51. The Bay, Hellen Frankenthaler Helen Frankenthaler The Bay 1963
  52. 52. POP ART “Pop” short for popular culture - Pop begins in mid 1950’s in both Britain and U.S…in full force by mid-60’s - a reaction to the abstraction and its serious and formal issues - a style which reintroduces recognizable subject matter - it specifically embraces imagery from popular culture -younger generation sees Abstract Expressionists as self- absorbed and self-important -abstraction also causes alienation amongst viewers - young artists want to engage in art that reflects their new modern, hip youth culture and its mindset - rise of materialism and popular culture manifested through * commercial visuals, advertisements, * shapes and symbols and colors brought about by mass production
  53. 53. Jasper Johns Flag, 1954 Encaustic (pigment dissolved in wax, oil and collage on fabric) Things “seen” but not looked at.
  54. 54. Andy Warhol
  55. 55. Use of pattern and repetition emphasizes the qualities of consumerism- he called his studio “The Factory”. Used Silkscreen.
  56. 56. Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych 1962- attention to celebrity culture, used appropriated images
  57. 57. Claes Oldenberg 1962, painted plaster and stuffed vinyl
  58. 58. Lipstick on Caterpillar Tracks
  59. 59. Earth Art: Andy Goldsworthy Robert Smithson- Spiral Jetty, Utah Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Surrounded Islands, FL
  60. 60. Robert Smithson- Spiral Jetty, Utah

Hinweis der Redaktion

  • 99. Portrait of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz. Miguel Cabrera. c. 1750 C.E. Oil on canvas.

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