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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.
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Global modernisms in the 21st century
Culture, like capitalism, is increasingly global. Leading artists and architects work internationally and the idea that a single city could function as the center of the art world now seems impossible. New York, Los Angeles, Paris and London remain important but Berlin, Warsaw, Istanbul, Seoul, Beijing, Bogotá, Beirut, Lagos, New Delhi, Johannesburg, São Paulo and Johannesburg and many others all support thriving communities of artists.