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Ch 22: Global Contemporary Art

About This Chapter

This chapter delves into the many ways art is expressed in the contemporary world, including painting, photography, and digital media. It also discusses many of the influences on art and artists today.

Global Contemporary Art - Chapter Summary

In this chapter on global contemporary art, you can review various influences on contemporary art and architecture, such philosophy and literature. You'll look at different movements, such as abstract expressionism, and compare techniques including acrylic and oil painting. By the end of this chapter you will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship of the New York School to Europe
  • Compare color field and action painting
  • Discuss new realism, pop art, op art, and hyperrealism
  • Compare and contrast minimalism and abstract expressionism
  • Describe feminist and marginalized art movements
  • Discuss theories of conceptual art
  • Describe the influences and relationships of contemporary photography
  • Understand the impact of digital and Internet technology on contemporary art

As you go through the chapter, you can watch videos or read written transcripts. The transcripts include key terms in bold-face for easy identification. You can also track your progress by taking our self-assessment quizzes and chapter test so you know when you've mastered the material.

11 Lessons in Chapter 22: Global Contemporary Art
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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.

Comparing Contemporary Acrylic & Oil Painting

6. 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

7. 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.

Comparing Minimalism & Abstract Expressionism

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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!

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