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Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, and Minimalism

After the Second World War, the center of the art world shifted from Paris to New York, where the work of abstract expressionist artists Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Mark Rothko, and Lee Krasner teemed with intense energy and emotion. By the mid-1950s, however, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg mounted a challenge to the prevailing aesthetic, turning away from abstraction to depict or incorporate objects from everyday life. In the 1960s, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and others expanded this practice to include images from so-called “popular culture”—comic books, advertisements, supermarket items—rendered in a deadpan style that quickly became known as pop art. Around the same time, a new generation of artists—Frank Stella, Agnes Martin, Carl Andre, and Donald Judd, among others—rejected pop’s representational style in favor of a spare, abstract aesthetic that became known as minimalism. In addition to slide lectures, classes will include visits to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with important artists and artwork in Europe and the United States post-World War II
  • The ability to define and analyze the abstract expressionist, pop art, and minimalist movements
  • A special look at modern art collections in New York City’s most prestigious art museums

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Prospective and practicing arts professionals
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