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Ch 23: Contemporary Art

About This Chapter

Students can look over this contemporary art chapter to learn such information as artistic terminology, famous sculptures and the role of modern philosophy on art. The brief, yet engaging video lessons presented provide an overview of contemporary art in the Western world.

Contemporary Art - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

The multifaceted topic of contemporary art can range from early influencers to today's digital technology. The lessons in this chapter examine painting techniques, artistic movements and highlight artists such as Picasso and Frida Kahlo. After finishing this chapter, you'll understand:

  • What influences modern art
  • How literature and philosophy impact art
  • The types of social movements that have affected artistry
  • The differences between abstract expressionism and minimalism
  • What conceptual art is

Video Objective
Different Influences on Contemporary Art Understand how culture and technology affect modern art.
Influence of Philosophy & Literature on Contemporary Art & Architecture Examine the impact of modern literature and philosophy on architecture and art.
The New York School: Relationship to Europe & Place in the Art World Explore the relationship between the New York School and its connection to Europe and the art world.
Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting Study the artists and the painting styles of Hard Edge, Abstract Expressionism and Color Field.
Comparing Color Field & Action Painting Review the similarities and differences between action painting and color field painting.
Comparing Techniques of Abstract Expressionist Painters Take a look at the differences in the way abstract expressionist painters complete their work.
Abstract Expressionist Sculpture: Noguchi, David Smith & Nevelson Understand the characteristics of sculptures by Isamu Noguchi, David Smith, and Louise Nevelson.
Comparing Contemporary Acrylic & Oil Painting Learn what differences and similarities exist between oil painting and contemporary acrylic painting techniques.
New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism Study the development and artists included in the new age art movements of pop art, op art, new realism and hyperrealism.
Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples Analyze the collage art of Richard Hamilton, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, along with its influences, such as photography and imagery.
Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism Understand what sets minimalism apart from abstract expressionism.
The Autobiographical Iconography of Hesse & Beuys Explore the lives of Eva Hesse and Joseph Beuys.
Feminist & Marginalized Art Movements Study the work of Frida Kahlo, Judy Chicago and other artists of the marginalized art and feminist movements.
Theories of Conceptual Art Look at the artistic theories of Robert Smithson and Sol LeWitt.
Contemporary Photography: Influences, Relationships & Examples Read about photography's effect on modern art, video, marketing and documentation; explore artists utilizing photography.
The Impact of Digital & Internet Technology on Contemporary Art Learn how the Internet and digital technology have an impression on modern art

13 Lessons in Chapter 23: Contemporary Art
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Different Influences on Contemporary Art

1. Different Influences on Contemporary Art

The term contemporary art defines art created by those living today or the art of the 21st century. This lesson explores contemporary art and how the art of the past and societal values influences it.

The New York School: Relationship to Europe & Place in the Art World

2. The New York School: Relationship to Europe & Place in the Art World

The New York School was a major moment in the history of art, particularly in the relationship between Europe and the United States. Explore this movement, and test your understanding with a brief quiz after studying this lesson.

Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting

3. Abstract Expressionism, Hard Edge & Color Field Painting

There are many styles of modern abstract art, and all share similarities and differences. Explore three styles of art, and test your understanding of them with a brief quiz.

Comparing Color Field & Action Painting

4. Comparing Color Field & Action Painting

American art after World War II saw some great innovations, both in terms of painting techniques and goals. Explore two major movements, and test your understanding of their similarities and differences with a brief quiz.

Comparing Techniques of Abstract Expressionist Painters

5. Comparing Techniques of Abstract Expressionist Painters

The process of creation is a very important aspect of Abstract Expressionist painting, so Abstract Expressionist painters came up with some pretty interesting techniques. Explore these in this lesson, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Abstract Expressionist Sculpture: Noguchi, David Smith & Nevelson

6. Abstract Expressionist Sculpture: Noguchi, David Smith & Nevelson

The abstract expressionist movement spawned some of the modern world's most famous sculptors. This lesson explores three of the most iconic sculptors of the mid 20th century. They are Noguchi, Smith, and Nevelson.

Comparing Contemporary Acrylic & Oil Painting

7. Comparing Contemporary Acrylic & Oil Painting

In this lesson, you're going to learn about some of the major characteristics of acrylic and oil paints and discover why an artist might choose one or the other. You'll also see some famous examples of each in contemporary art.

New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism

8. New Realism, Pop Art, Op Art & Hyperrealism

In this lesson, you will explore a few different artistic styles that have emerged since the mid-20th century and discover what they have in common and what makes them unique. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples

9. Pop Art: Imagery, Influence & Examples

Pop art was a very unique movement of the mid-20th century that drew from the most unlikely of sources. Explore the influences and images of pop art and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism

10. Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism

In this lesson, you will explore some pretty heavy ideas about modern art and discover what Minimalism and Abstract Expressionism are really all about. Then, test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Theories of Conceptual Art

11. Theories of Conceptual Art

We often think about art as a visual experience, but it's also an intellectual one and, to some people, that's really the part that matters. Explore the basic ideas behind conceptual art and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

Contemporary Photography: Influences, Relationships & Examples

12. Contemporary Photography: Influences, Relationships & Examples

Contemporary photography is not your grandma's photography. It doesn't adhere to tradition or fit into a box. In this lesson, we'll view proof of this as we discuss contemporary photography, its influences, and how it relates to modern culture.

The Impact of Digital & Internet Technology on Contemporary Art

13. The Impact of Digital & Internet Technology on Contemporary Art

In this lesson, you're going to learn about the cool impact that the digital age and internet technology has had on the arts, namely contemporary art. Once you learn about these important changes, you can test your knowledge with a quiz!

Chapter Practice Exam
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