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4/27/2011 1 ART HISTORY 173 April 28, 2011 Late Modernism: Op Art, Minimalism & Earth Art Op Art “Optical Art” Typically employs abstract patterns composed with a stark contrast of foreground and background to produce effects that confuse and excite the eye. • Artists were interested in investigating various perceptual effects • Exploits visual anomalies • Explores high-contrast situations (black & white) and chromatic illusions of space • Heavily criticized & dismissed by Modernist theorists
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4/27/2011 2 Trompe- l’Oeil “Fool the Eye” Victor Vasarely Vega-Nor 1969 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY
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4/27/2011 3 Richard Anuszkiewicz Untitled undated Bridget Riley Fragments 6/9 1965 “Nature is a ‘dynamism of visual forces—an event rather than an appearance.’”
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4/27/2011 4 Bridget Riley Drift 2 1966 Yaacov Agam Painting in Motion 1959
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4/27/2011 5 M. C. Escher, Concave/Convex , 1955 Minimalism Stresses the idea of reducing a work of art to the minimum number of colors, values, shapes, lines and textures. No attempt is made to
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Unformatted text preview: represent or symbolize any other object or experience. • Purity of the Medium • Artist completely removed from work c eliminates composition c eliminates creative process • Influences include DADA, de Stijl, Suprematism, & Constructivism • Meaning dependent on viewer’s interaction with object • Dismissed by Modernist theorists 4/27/2011 6 Donald Judd Untitled 1969 "A shape, a volume, a color, a surface is something itself. It shouldn't be concealed as part of a fairly different whole." Richard Serra, Tilted Arc, 1980 destroyed 1989 Site-Specific Art Art that defines itself through its interaction with a specific space 4/27/2011 7 Richard Serra, Kitty Hawk , 1983 Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY Maya Ying Lin, Vietnam Veterans Memorial , 1981-83 4/27/2011 8 Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty , 1970 Earth Art or Environmental Art Large-scale art that uses nature itself in its creation...
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