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Important Ideas that changed Art Forvever – Fauvism

Fauvism

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, Impressionism was widespread and popular. The way that the movement worked to capture the effects of light on its soft and serene landscapes and city scenes had also captivated widespread public attention. The movement was named after Monet’s highly respected and famous ‘Impression: Sunrise’ painting. Fauvism was born…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – The Proto Renaissance

Proto Renaissance

Important Artists: Giotto, Duccio When we look at a painting, one of the most fascinating aspects about the work is its connection with the grand historical tradition of painting. The act of painting has been a continuous evolution that has stretches back throughout human history, and each canvas is bound together by invisible ties to…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art forever – Surrealism

Salvador Dali

Major Artists: Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Max Ernst, Andre Breton  ‘Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.’ Salvador Dali Surrealism was a reaction against logic, and a wild artistic trip into the unconscious mind. Andre Breton had concluded that if logic and order had led the…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Pop Art

Key Artists: Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake. Pop Art emerged in post war America in a climate of optimism, consumerism and hope. The advertising industry was flourishing, guiding people towards what they should now purchase and where they could go to get it. Abundance meant more food and more choice, and this…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Abstract Expressionism

Jackson Pollock - Autumn

What is Abstract Expressionism? Abstract Expressionism is a form of painting that championed individual self-expression as the central driving force for creating a work of art. It developed in the 1940’s and 1950’s in the US, and is easily recognisable for its large-scale canvases and gestural brushwork. In most examples, the artworks were created by…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Minimalism

Tilted Spheres

Key Artists: Donald Judd, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Richard Serra, Frank Stella, Robert Morris, Sol LeWitt What is Minimalism? In New York City in the Mid 1960’s, artists such as Donald Judd and Dan Flavin were beginning to become disillusioned with the principles of abstract expressionism. Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko, artists at the forefront…

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Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Land Art

Nancy Holt "Sun Tunnel"

Bored with the confines of traditional mediums, a selection of Artists in the 60s, 70s (and beyond) turned towards the vast and untamed places that existed beyond the confines of the gallery walls and the city limits to create Land Art. They began to travel into the vast deserts and expansive wild places across America.…

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Art Fairs: Reflecting and Shaping the Market

Art Fair

What are They? The major art fairs are huge dates in the international calendar of the Art World.  Prestigious occasions such as Art Basel, TEFAF (the European Fine Art Fair) Art Miami, dOCUMENTA and Frieze bring together artists, galleries, curators, critics, collectors and art enthusiasts from all around the world. They are opportunities for galleries and…

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Important Ideas that Changed Art Forever – Cubism

Pablo Picasso

Art in all its forms is constantly evolving. Sometimes this process is gradual, over the course of hundreds, or even thousands of years throughout the course of human history. Occasionally, an idea comes along that sets a new precedent for the way that Art is created. Its birth changes everything, and the course of artistic…

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10 Photorealist Artists you need to know

Doug Bloodworth He organises comics, guns, sweets, Starbucks cups and other consumer items into arrangements that are then photographed from exciting angles. This creates dynamic artworks that make you look at familiar objects in unfamiliar ways. His other exceptional talent lies in his ability to paint surfaces and textures. A dedicated attention to detail and…

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Photorealism – Technical Mastery and Effortless Style

Mark by Chuck Close

Photorealism is a style of art that attempts to create images that resemble photographs as closely as possible. By definition, its artworks must involve working from photographs, and the success of a photorealistic artwork is often measured through the talent and ability of the Artist to achieve this photographic effect. Extraordinary technical skill and a…

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What is ‘Art’? Why do People Collect it?

What is Art?

Are you imagining white-walled galleries? How about rich women in pearls buying a sculpture worth your entire college education? Traditionally art is divided into categories of Sculpture, Painting, Printing and Drawing. These distinctions have been kept in place securely for thousands of years, until recent developments occurred that blurred these archaic rules before completely smashing…

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