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The Ideas and Topics in Art, Art Influencers, and Important Historians

Ideas and concepts related to modern art are explored in this section, along with the overviews of the most important individuals that influenced modern art, and the personalities that shaped and influenced the progression of art.

Definitions

Modern Art Modern Art

represents an evolving set of ideas among a number of painters, sculptors, writers, and performers who - both individually and collectively - sought new approaches to art making. Although modern art began, in retrospect, around... Learn More

Postmodernism Postmodernism

is best understood by defining the modernist ethos it replaced - that of the avant-garde who were active from 1860s to the 1950s. The various artists in the modern period were driven by a radical and forward thinking approach... Learn More

Readymade and The Found Object Readymade

is a common object that is elevated to the status of an artwork by the will of the artist. Starting with Marcel Duchamp and the Dadaists, readymades and found objects have a rich history in modern and contemporary art... Learn More

Art Movements by Country

American Art American Art

The rich artistic history of the US stretches from indigenous art through the Hudson River School, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and into Contemporary art. Here is your guide through the many American movements... Learn More

British Art British Art

The British Isles have been hosts to some of the most important art movements and have produced top modern and contemporary artists.... Learn More

Other Concepts

Renaissance HumanismRenaissance HumanismThe Sublime in ArtThe Sublime in Art
Focus on individuals, not the centrality of the church, powerfully influenced the art of the Renaissance... Learn MoreThe idea of the Sublime has been depicted by artists as varied as Michalengelo, Malevich, and ... Learn More
Art for Art's SakeArt for Art's SakeExistentialismExistentialism
The phrase 'art for art's sake' condenses the notion that art has its own value and should be... Learn MoreThe philosophy of Existentialism was an influential undercurrent in art of the 1940s and 1950s... Learn More
Medium PurityMedium PurityFlatnessFlatness
The idea of Medium Purity was at the heart of critical debate of the New York School... Learn MoreIn the age of abstraction, some artists focused on the flatness of the canvas... Learn More
FormalismFormalism
A painting's form is composed of its basic elements: color, line, composition, and texture... Learn More


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CRITICS & THEORY


Clement Greenberg vs. Harold Rosenberg
Clement Greenberg vs. Harold Rosenberg
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Clement GreenbergClement Greenberg
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Harold RosenbergHarold Rosenberg
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Meyer SchapiroMeyer Schapiro
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Leo SteinbergLeo Steinberg
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John RussellJohn Russell
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Robert HughesRobert Hughes
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John CanadayJohn Canaday
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Dore AshtonDore Ashton
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Thomas HessThomas Hess
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Rosalind KraussRosalind Krauss
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Robert RosenblumRobert Rosenblum
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Michael FriedMichael Fried
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Hans HofmannHans Hofmann
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Robert MotherwellRobert Motherwell
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Barnett NewmanBarnett Newman
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Fairfield PorterFairfield Porter
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Influencers

Peggy GuggenheimPeggy Guggenheim
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Katherine DreierKatherine Dreier
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Walter BenjaminWalter Benjamin
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Alexey BrodovitchAlexey Brodovitch
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