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Roots of Contemporary Art: 10 of 107 Total Movements
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Started: 1960

Ended: Early 1970s

Contemporary Realism emerged in direct defiance to the immense popularity of New York's, postwar Abstract Expressionism. The loose group focused on a return to a straightforward, figurative representation of life.

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Started: 1965

In the digital age, artists would grasp its progressive technologies for their own creative output including television, computers, a/v software, and the internet. Beginning in the 1960s, artists and innovators have expanded art into new, and sometimes virtual, worlds.

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Started: 1970s

Installation art is a genre of contemporary art-making in which two- and three-dimensional materials are used to transform a particular site into an immersive space for the visitor. Installations may include sculptural, found, sound-based, and performance elements, and can be permanent or ephemeral.

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Started: Late 1970s

Ended: Early 1990s

Neo-Expressionism began as a movement in German art in the early 1960s with the emergence of Georg Baselitz. It gained momentum, and drew in painters from Germany and the United States - often bringing artists back to painting as a serious and contemporary medium for artistic exploration.

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Started: 1882

Nihonga artists preserved the heritage of classical Japanese painting while reinvigorating it for modern, global exposure and artistic influence.

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Started: 2000

Superflat is a postmodern art movement founded by Takashi Murakami, that is named for the flattened forms found in prevalent and historic Japanese graphic art, animation, pop culture, and fine arts. Superflat uses the juxtaposition of old and new techniques to explore subjects such as consumerism and sexual fetishism.

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Started: 1974

Ended: 1984

The Pictures Generation was a loosely knit group of artists working in photography, and video who utilized appropriation and montage to reveal the constructed nature of images.

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Started: 1965

Video art is a medium that employs moving images of various types, but often contains no narrative, characters or discernible storyline. Not to be confused with, for example, the experimental film or cinema, Video art first developed in the 1960s further avant-garde movements such as Performance, Intallation, and Feminist art.

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Started: 1958

Ended: 1980

The Washington Color School refers to a group of painters including Noland, Louis, and Truitt. Their work is marked by the presence of color areas, washes, and geometric designs that emphasized the two-dimensional surface of the picture plane and its lack of reference to any subject matter.

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Started: Late 1980s

Young British Artists is the name given to a group of conceptual artist, painters, sculptors and installation artists based in the United Kingdon, most of whom attended Goldsmiths College in London. The title is derived from shows of that name staged at the Saatchi Gallery from 1992 onwards, which brought the artists to fame.

Roots of Contemporary Art: 10 of 107 Total Movements

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