Expressionism to Pop Art

This is the era of "isms"—Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism and 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.
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A beginner's guide to 20th century art

If abstract art puzzles you, this is a great place to start.

Early abstraction: Fauvism, Expressionism & Cubism

Matisse, Kandinsky, Picasso all used abstraction to invent new systems of representation.

World War I, Futurism and Dada

Boccioni and the Futurists responded very differently than did Duchamp and the Dada artists to the violence of the Great War.

Art between the wars: the avant-garde and the rise of totalitarianism

Utopia and the dream preoccupied artists during the depression and the rise of dictators like Hitler.

Figuration & abstraction in post-war Britain

In the years of recovery after WWII, British artists explored both abstraction and figural representation as we see with Henry Moore and Anthony Caro.

Abstract Expressionism & the New York School

After WWII, Pollock, de Kooning, Rothko and other abstract artists reinvented painting.


Wham! Warhol, Lichtenstein and Oldenburg crashed the gates of high culture asking what authentic art looks like in a society filled with tawdry commercial images.

Minimalism and Earthworks

Minimalism isn’t simple, although Judd, Smithson, Christo and others did use simple forms to convey complex issues about the nature of art.

Architecture and design

What about architecture? F.L. Wright’s Guggenheim and Mies’ Seagram Building each drew on classical precedents to create beauty in the modern city.
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