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Modern Art in the US

Week 3 “American Abstract Expressionism”

Question 1

  1. Imagine you are a docent or visitor’s guide at an art museum. You are responsible for conducting an international tour of foreign visitors and students through a museum exhibit exploring American Abstract Expressionism. Write a minimum two paragraph summary of what you would say to them about the overall movement and artworks of American Expressionism.

Question 2

  1. Name an artist that is considered an ‘other’ in typical Abstract Expressionist history?

Question 3

  1. According to our reading, select the true statements below that illustrates how Abstract Expressionism was not a unified ‘school’ of art?
A. The artists didn’t know each other
B. The artists varied between realism and abstraction
C. The artists valued personal autonomy and had different styles
D. The artists rarely exhibited together

Question 4

  1. Give a brief description of Clement Greenberg’s critical idea where he emphasized “pure” form?

Question 5

  1. According to our reading, select the true statements below that contribute to the idea that American Abstract Expressionism was not a ‘unified school’ of art? (select all that apply)
A. The artists didn’t know each other
B. The artists varied between realism and abstraction
C. The artists valued personal autonomy
D. The artists rarely exhibited together
E. The artists had different styles

Question 6

  1. This style of painting, created by the Chromatic Expressionists, represents one of the two distinct styles of Abstraction Expressionism called.

Question 7

  1. Read the text on 136-137, and then give a formal analysis of Williem de Kooning’sWoman I, 1950-1952, including a personal interpretation.

Question 8

  1. What were some of the adjectives that Robert Motherwell used to describe Abstract Expressionist painting?

Question 9

  1. In your own words, write an essay analyzing the meaning behind the painting Subway, 1950, by George Tooker?

Question 10

  1. Which artist said “The modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. Each age finds its own technique”.
A. Jackson Pollock
B. Clement Greenberg
C. Thomas Hart Benton
D. Norman Lewis

 

 

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