Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1947.jpg

Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1947.jpg

Kandinsky, Composition VII.png

Kandinsky, Composition VII.png

Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase.jpg

Duchamp, Nude Descending a Staircase.jpg

Hans Haacke, MoMA Poll, 1970.jpg

Hans Haacke, MoMA Poll, 1970.jpg

Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1913.jpg

Duchamp, Bicycle Wheel, 1913.jpg

Pollock, One - Number 31, 1950.jpg

Pollock, One - Number 31, 1950.jpg

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans.jpg

Warhol, Campbell's Soup Cans.jpg

Miro, Harlequin's Carnival.jpg

Miro, Harlequin's Carnival.jpg

Klimt, the Kiss.jpg

Klimt, the Kiss.jpg

Malevich, Suprematist Composition - White on White.jpg

Malevich, Suprematist Composition - White on White.jpg

CONCEPTS OF MODERN ART

Gorman Arts Centre - Term 3 2022

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As public interest in modern art continues to grow, there is a need for a place that is engaging, offering not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. We will navigate through time, discovering artistic styles that define Modern Art from Picasso and Matisse to Chagall, Pollock, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Mondrian and so much more….

1 - 1880 – 1910    Les Nabis, Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau

The Nabis felt that as artists they were creators of a subjective art that was deeply rooted in the soul of the artist. Post-Impressionism encompasses a wide range of distinct artistic styles that all share the common motivation of responding to the subjective vision of the artists. Art Nouveau was aimed at modernizing design, seeking to escape the eclectic historical styles that had previously been popular.


2 - 1900 – 1915    Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism

One of Fauvism’s major contributions to modern art was its radical goal of separating colour from its descriptive, representational purpose and allowing it to exist on the canvas as an independent element. Expressionism emerged across Germany as a response to a widespread anxiety about humanity's increasingly discordant relationship with the world. Cubist artists preferred to demolish perspective, which had been used to depict space since the Renaissance, to reconstruct from various angles.


3 - 1912 – 1920    Section d’Or, Orphism, Futurism

Section d’or was an association of Cubist artists who developed an interest in the significance of mathematical proportions such as the ancient concept of the golden section. Orphism brought together contemporary theories of philosophy and colour to create works that immersed the viewer in dynamic expanses of rhythmic form and chromatic scales. Futurist artists managed to represent movement through the combination of Cubist faceted imageries and expressive contrasting colours.


4 - 1915 – 1920    Suprematism, Dada, De Stijl, Constructivism

While Constructivism called on artists to stop producing useless things and to use art for industry and social causes; in contrast, Suprematism focused on basic geometric forms, such as circles, squares, lines, and rectangles, painted in a limited range of colours. Dada's aesthetic, marked by its mockery of materialistic and nationalistic attitudes will prove a powerful influence on future artists. De Stijl movement embraced an abstract, pared-down aesthetic centred in basic visual elements such as geometric forms and primary colours.



5 - 1920 – 1930    Bauhaus, Surrealism and Social Realism

The Bauhaus brought all types of artists together and creating something new. They used like the Suprematist artists a lot of geometrical shapes throughout their work.

Surrealist works feature the element of surprise, unexpected juxtapositions; however, many Surrealist artists and writers regard their work as an expression of the philosophical movement first and foremost, with the works being an artefact. Social Realists created figurative and realistic images of the "masses," a term that encompassed the lower and working classes, labour unionists, and the politically disenfranchised


6 - 1943 – 1960    Abstract Expressionism, Neo-Dada

Abstract Expressionists were later welcomed as the first authentically American avant-garde. They value an art grounded in personal experience. Their art was championed for being emphatically American in spirit – monumental in scale, romantic in mood, and expressive of rugged individual freedom. Neo-Dada artists are known for their usage of mass media and found objects, as well as a penchant for performance. These artists rebelled against the emotionally charged paintings of the Abstract Expressionists that dominated the art world in the 1950s.


7 - 1954 – 1960    Kinetic art, Op Art, Pop Art, Happenings

Op art and Kinetic art are founded upon experiments made at the Bauhaus. Kinetic Artists were interested in employing actual movement, while Op artists were interested in optical effects and the illusion of movement. Pop art reached beyond Surrealism to Dada; They drew on popular imagery and were actually part of an international phenomenon. Happenings involved more than the detached observation of the viewer; the artist engaged with Happenings required the viewer to actively participate in each piece.


8 - 1960 – 1970    Performance, Arte Povera, Minimalism and Conceptual Art

Performance art is often seen as a non-traditional way of making art. Live-ness, physical movement and impermanence offered artists alternatives to the static permanence of painting and sculpture. Arte Povera, "poor art" or impoverished art" was the most significant and influential avant-garde movement to emerge in Europe in the 1960s. Minimalism is an extreme form of abstract art developed in the USA in the 1960s showing artworks composed of simple geometric shapes based on the square and the rectangle. Conceptual art is a movement that prizes ideas over the formal or visual components of artworks. It is in a succession of avant-garde movements (Cubism, Dada, Abstract Expressionism, Pop, etc.) that succeeded in self-consciously expanding the boundaries of art.

Planned Learning Outcomes.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explains the development of modern art in a simple, straightforward way, with over 100 photographs of major artworks.

  2. Covers all the key movements in modern art, from the avant-garde of the 19th century to the sometimes-perplexing contemporary art of the 21st century.

  3. Includes a timeline of art movements, short biographies of major artists and a glossary of art terms.

  4. Includes internet links to recommended websites with online galleries, virtual tours and art games and activities.



The benefit of the Course:

The benefits are immense and valuable. At the end of the course, a student will be able to measure the diversity and complexity of Modern Art. The student will be able to look at a work of art, place it within a historical, cultural and artistic context and decipher the message behind its aesthetical beauty.