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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

More Definitions and Concepts


  • Renaissance Humanism
    Renaissance Humanism
    Focus on individuals, not the centrality of the church, powerfully influenced the art of the Renaissance... Learn More
  • Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, and Sfumato
    Chiaroscuro, Tenebrism, and Sfumato
    These Renaissance techniques illuminated narratives out from the shadows... Learn More
  • Old Masters
    Old Masters
    Term used for eminent artists from the Early Renaissance to the Romantic movement... Learn More
  • The Sublime in Art
    The Sublime in Art
    The idea of the Sublime has been depicted by artists as varied as Michalengelo, Malevich, and... Learn More
  • Gesamtkunstwerk
    Gesamtkunstwerk
    Blending multiple art disciplines, the idea of "a total work" has informed multiple movements... Learn More
  • Photomontage
    Photomontage
    The immediate impact of juxtaposed photographs was embraced by modern artists... Learn More
  • Art for Art's Sake
    Art for Art's Sake
    The phrase 'art for art's sake' condenses the notion that art has its own value and should be... Learn More
  • Direct Carving
    Direct Carving
    Modern sculptors molded their forms more instinctively, without prep plasters... Learn More
  • Analytic Cubism
    Analytic Cubism
    A period in Cubism movement where subjects were fractured into multi-layered, angular surfaces... Learn More
  • Synthetic Cubism
    Synthetic Cubism
    This period of Cubism embraced a broader palette, simpler geometric planes, and less abstracted subjects... Learn More
  • Existentialism in Art
    Existentialism in Art
    The philosophy of Existentialism was an influential undercurrent in art of the 1940s and 1950s... Learn More
  • Medium Specificity and Flatness
    Medium Specificity and Flatness
    In the age of abstraction, some artists focused on the flatness of the canvas... Learn More
  • Formalism
    Formalism
    A painting's form is composed of its basic elements: color, line, composition, and texture... Learn More

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

Sergei DiaghilevSergei Diaghilev
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Peggy GuggenheimPeggy Guggenheim
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Alfred BarrAlfred Barr
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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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John RuskinJohn Ruskin
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