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Unformatted text preview: Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism19/10/2009 12:07:00 Abstract Expressionism Movement characterized by artists wanting to disregard figurative art/ social realism cause they wanted their art to be a form of SELF EXPRESSION Influenced by surrealism/symbolism/expressionism/cubism differered from modernism cause it sterred AWAY from geometric abstractions The movement comprised many styles but shared several characteristics. The works were usually abstract o Mostly painters, but sometimes seen in sculptures. Abstract expressionists work varies a lot so its hard to give its style a consistent definition linked by varying degrees of abstraction used to convey strong emotional or expressive content Two Main Types Colour Field Painters: Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still worked with simple, unified blocks of colour. Gestural Painters: Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Hofmann used Surrealist techniques of automatic art. it was essentially a reaction against the formal overkill and pretentiousness of Abstract Expressionism. Minimalism gave rise to process art, land art, performance art, conceptual art, and installation art. Minimalism characterized by being simple and to the point. Artists tried to focus attention on the object as an object, reducing its historical and expressive content to the bare minimum. Many minimalist artists were sculptors concerned with reducing form to its utmost simplicity. They used flat surface colors, factory finishes, and industrial materials. The use of serial repetitions contributed to their goal. Artists did not see their art as a form of self expression Pop Art 19/10/2009 12:07:00 Term was coined by british critic Laurence Alloway the pop art movement sparked a widespread appreciation for art, thus creating a cultural shift from a period of abstract expressionism in which art was confined to the elitist. pop art, which is essentially art based on popular culture. This genre differentiates from previous art forms through its obvious depictions of people, objects and symbols typically found in popular culture. This, in tandem with its simplistic, eye-catching nature, allows for pop art to appeal to everyone in that it requires no interpretation. As a result of its mass appeal, pop art quickly became a mass-produced part of mainstream society....
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