Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism


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What was the intellectual goal behind Abstract Expressionism?

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1. In Abstract Expressionism, what's more important: the technique or the finished product?

2. What is action painting?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 20th century is characterized by many different art movements, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the Minimalist and Abstract Expressionist movements. You'll be assessed on concepts related to the art movements, including action painting.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the following topics:

  • The intellectual goal of Abstract Expressionism
  • Technique vs. the finished product
  • Goals of Minimalist design
  • Difference between Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on the goal of Abstract Expressionism
  • Making connections - use understanding of technique and finished product in Abstract Expressionism
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the goals of Minimalism
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, including Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism

Additional Learning

To learn more about Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism, review the accompanying lesson, Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Examine the relationship between artist and canvas
  • Analyze the artwork of Mark Rothko
  • Understand the importance of the physical action of painting in Abstract Expressionism
  • Clarify why Minimalism can be found in more media than Abstract Expressionism