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This course explores the history of the artistic developments of the 20th century in Western Europe and the United States. The art of this period is characterized by extraordinary experimentation and innovation in styles, materials, techniques, and modes of dissemination. In addition to painting and sculpture, the 20th century witnessed the rise in popularity of photography, collage, montage, installations, earth art, performance, and conceptual art. Artists were sometimes inspired by the works of past masters but also often by contemporary changes in intellectual thought and social conditions. Therefore, we will examine the intellectual and cultural beliefs that this art both reflects and helped shape.
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107 Pages
2014
English US
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Question: Gerhard Richter's 1973 painting, 1024 Farben (1024 Colors), is best described by which of the following statements?

Choices:

The colors and their arrangement follow the structure of the color wheel.

The painting shares the transcendental meanings of Piet Mondrian's geometric abstractions.

Richter wanted to show that geometric abstraction was no longer a relevant mode of painting.

Richter used the painting to teach color theory to his students.

Question: Which artist created For the Love of God, a work that consists of a human skull encrusted with diamonds?

Choices:

Anselm Kiefer

Damien Hirst

Gerhard Richter

Takashi Murakami

Question: Who created the painting below?

Choices:

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Anselm Kiefer

Georg Baselitz

Julian Schnabel

Question: Name at least three of the characteristics that distinguish Performance Art from traditional theater.

Choices:

The characteristics that distinguish Performance Art from traditional theater include the following: it is often presented in art spaces (museums, galleries, studios), public spaces (warehouses, factories, parks, plazas), or private homes; it may have no identifiable plot or narrative; it may incorporate a variety of media (live performers, music, dance, writing, video, painting); it may attempt to break down the barriers between art and life or between public and private experience; or it may attempt to shock the viewer into new perceptions of his or her social situation. For more information, please refer to unit 12.

Question: Which contemporary artist is best known for his gunpowder paintings?

Choices:

Damien Hirst

Takashi Murakami

Cai Guo-Qiang

Anselm Kiefer

Question: Name two traditional elements and two modernist innovations in Auguste Rodin's 'The Gates of Hell'.

Choices:

The traditional elements in Auguste Rodin's 'The Gates of Hell' are the material (bronze) and the subject matter (human suffering). The modernist innovations are Rodin's fragmentation of form and his repetition of the same figure in different groupings to suggest multiple meanings. If necessary, please review the information in subunit 1.6.

Question: True or False: Performance Art was a short-lived phenomenon that occurred only in the 1970s.

Choices:

True

False

Question: Which of these earlier artistic movements influenced Performance Art?

Choices:

Cubism

Futurism

Abstract Expressionism

B and C

Question: Which of the following is NOT true of 21st-century art?

Choices:

It has nothing in common with the art of the 20th century.

It consists of works using digital technology as well as traditional media.

It is often influenced by the new global market economy.

It explores many of the same themes found in 19th- and 20th-century art.

Question: Which of the following statements best describes the purpose of Vito Acconci's performance Following Piece?

Choices:

It took art into the street to explore issues about the human body in real space and time.

It showed the prevalence of surveillance systems in contemporary life.

It was meant as a protest against stalking.

It encouraged viewers to view everyday city streets and common human actions as works of art.

Question: Which artist coined the term 'superflat'?

Choices:

Takashi Murakami

Damien Hirst

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Cai Guo-Qiang

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Source:  Anahit Ter-Stepanian, PhD; Rebecca Butterfield, PhD. Art History ARTH209 20th Century Art. (The Saylor Academy 2014), http://www.saylor.org/courses/arth209/ (Accessed 14 May, 2014). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND
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