When World War II ended, artistic life in Europe and the UK lay in a state of disarray. Energized but mostly untouched by the war, New York quickly replaced Paris as the center of Western art with Abstract Expressionism becoming the dominant post-war style, dazzling the world and overshadowing other styles in the visual arts. However, the work of British and European artists was not long delayed by the war, and by the 1950's a counter narrative to American Abstract Expressionism began to emerge. This group of artists represent an important and highly varied approach to art. Their work would eventually stand equal to the Americans and inspire a generation to move away from the dictates of Abstract Expressionism. This course will closely examine the work of 10 of the major British and European Artists after WW ll: Francis Bacon, Daniel Buren, Alighiero Boetti, Joseph Bueys, Lucio Fontana, Lucian Freud, Yves Klein, Anselm Kiefer, Mario Mertz and Gerhard Richter. These artists created works unlike anything that preceded them and represent some of the strongest aesthetic currents of the period. Lecture (plus Questions) Field Trip(s)
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