Course Details

957: "Made You Look, Made You Think:" The American Practitioners of Abstraction Part II

July 11-14
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
4801  and Online

Throughout the early 20th century, a small number of European painters ventured into non-objectivity. Color, line, and shape alone expressed their insights and convictions. The four principal artists were Hilma af Klint, Vasily Kandinsky, Kasimir Malevich, and Piet Mondrian. After World War II, abstraction became the dominate mode of artistic expression in America. How and why did this occur? Who displayed or collected it? What insights were gleaned from the earlier cadre of artists—and what was altered, expanded, or rejected? And, how did abstraction gain acceptance? A discussion of the careers of four American artists will explore these issues:

Jackson Pollock
Lee Krasner
Mark Rothko
Helen Frankenthaler

This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Hybrid

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Chris With

Christopher With worked in the education department of the National Gallery of Art for 32 years and has a PhD in European history from the University of California, Los Angeles.