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Toward a global culture

This is the era of "isms." Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Rayonism, Orphism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and there are more. The avant-garde is unleashed in the 20th century and explores both abstraction and representation as a means to "represent" the radical changes, violence, alienation, and beauty that characterize the century. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker of Smarthistory together with leading art historians, and our museum partners have created hundreds of short engaging conversational videos and articles, making Khan Academy one of the most accessible and extensive resources for the study of the history of art.
Community Questions
Conceptual and Performance art
Does art need to be a physical thing in the world. Must it be an object made of stone or canvas or could it be an idea enacted, a process followed, an environment inhabited or even a bit of nature framed and isolated so that it is transformed.