Abstract Expressionism, developed in New York City in the 1940’s, was the first American art movement to achieve global acclaim, but by the mid 1950’s many artists thought Abstract Expressionism had become too introspective and elitist. In reaction, a new movement, “Pop Art,” began to work with recognizable images. This course will begin with American art after Abstract Expressionism and continue through the 1980’s. We will explore the different movements associated with this period, which include: Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Earth Art, Photo Realism, Hard Edge Painting, and contemporary photography.We will look at the earlier influences on artists of this period, and how they, in turn, impacted the art of our time. Visual presentations and discussions of the artists and their work should deepen class participants’ understanding of these movements and enhance their appreciation of the art. Lecture (plus questions).
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