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Twentieth Century Art: The Growth of Abstraction 1950-Present   

The Growth of Abstraction, 1950-Present, is the second half of the course that introduced the exciting and controversial twentieth century world of art, which moved away from representational to abstract paintings. We will study a diverse group of artists represented by different geographical areas, starting with the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, including the “Ninth Street Women,” and follow up with “Women in Abstract Expressionism,” from the 2016 Denver Art Museum Exhibition. We will continue with the Northwest School; the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionists; Taos and Santa Fe Moderns, including Native American Artists; the Artists of Black Mountain College; and Women Artists of Monhegan Island. We will discuss the terminology and language of abstraction to better describe, understand and analyze the art, plus apply those skills weekly in, “Who’s the Artist” fun activities. Artists include Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Tobey, Kenneth Callahan, Mark Rothko, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Alma Thomas, Richard Diebenkorn, Sonia Gechtoff, Hassell Smith, Masako Takahashi, Georgia O’Keeffe, Helen Hardin, Poteet Victory, Preston Singletary, Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight, and Josef and Annie Albers. An added bonus: Participants can view the work of several artists discussed at the current Seattle Art Museum Frisson Exhibition.  

 

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