Clement Greenberg (1909-1994) was possibly the most prominent and influential art critic of the twenty-first century. Greenberg’s intensely influential focus was on the notion of “formal purity” and how that affected the work itself in a painting just being a painting and “orientating itself to flatness” as modernist paintings had. Additionally, Clement Greenberg found interest in Abstract Expressionism and how Greenberg’s strictly outlined theories on art would inspire artists of the Minimalist and Pop Art movements to respond in kind with their own art as a rebuttal. In the 1950’s artists began to stray away from the politics of art and push popular or mass culture into the majority and dominating factor of their artistic works, and by
A Response To:
Modernist Painting by Clement Greenberg &
Post-Painterly Abstraction by Clement Greenberg
In this paper I will be summarizing two essays by Clement Greenberg, one entitled “Modernist Painting” and the other “Post-Painterly Abstraction.” After summarizing the articles I will discuss and respond to them.
In the first reading “Modernist Painting” Greenberg describes Modernism as being a method in which a discipline is used to criticize the discipline itself, for instance….
Clement Greenberg, “Modernist Painting”
In his text entitled “Modernist Painting”, Greenberg focuses on the development of painting between the 14th and 19th century and emphasizes on what distinguishes Modernist painting from previous forms of painting, particularly those of the Old Masters. Greenberg begins by relating Modernist art to Kantian philosophy claiming that, the same way Kant used reason in order to examine the limits of reason, Modernist art is when art became self critical because….
There have been different art forms that have come and gone over the course of time. Some of the most intriguing art forms in my mind come from the 20th century. Out of all of these 20th century art forms, geometric abstract art and pop art are my favorite. These two art movements came close to each other in reference to time period. Geometric abstract art originated in the 7th century but became a dominant movement in 1937. Pop art emerged in the 1950s. These two art forms were similar in ways but….
Pop Art vs. Abstract Expressionism
• Characteristics of Abstract Expressionist Paintings-optical buzz, all-over composition, Matisse sometimes painted images on large canvases, as did Picasso but paintings still retained an object like character- the viewer needed to stand back to see the complete composition. Abstract expressionist paintings, on the other hand, draw the spectator into them. The field of vision is thus larger than the field of vision of the spectator, who finds himself in a world….
Pop Art Movement
The art movement I have chosen to study is Pop Art, before I decided on the movement of my choice I looked at other movements such as Impressionism and Surrealism. Both of these movements had their own unique qualities however, I found Pop Art very intriguing and wanted to look further into the movement. I have looked into the background and context, the key players and their work, the themes and styles associated with Pop Art as well as the reaction to the movement.
Although Pop art is now most associated with the work of New York artists of the early 1960s such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg, artists who drew on popular imagery were part of an international phenomenon that saw major developments in various cities from the mid-1950s onwards. Following the Abstract Expressionist and Neo-Dada movements, Pop's reintroduction of identifiable imagery (drawn from mass media and popular culture) was a major shift for….
Pop art is a visual art movement that emerged in the mid 1950s in Britain and in parallel in the late 1950s in the United States. The coinage of the term Pop Art is often credited to British art critic/curator, Lawrence Alloway in an essay titled The Arts and the Mass Media, although the term he uses is "popular mass culture" Nevertheless, Alloway was one of the leading critics to defend mass culture and Pop Art as a legitimate art form. Pop art is one of the major art movements of the twentieth….
Pop Art 1950-1960
* Recognizable imagery, drawn from popular media and products
* Usually very bright colors.
* Flat imagery influenced by comic book and newspaper photographs
* Characters in comic book and magazines
Artists of this time
* Andy Warhol
Major developments of this time
* Credit card (1950)
* Car seat belts (1952)
* Polio vaccine (1952)
Abstract Expressionism 1940-1960
* Unconventional application of….
Pop Art Questions
| | 1. What does the art movement Pop Art mean?
2. What are the Pop Art ideas?
3. How are they exhibited?
4. The colors used, how are they different from traditional art?
5. Who were the pioneers of the pop art movement? | |
1. Pop Art appreciates popular culture, or what we also call “material culture.” It does not critique the consequences of materialism and consumerism; it simply recognizes its pervasive presence as a natural fact. Pop art relies on….
“Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colors, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." -- Wassily Kandinsky.
Abstract Art is art that is not a precise demonstration of a form or object. This depiction can be diverged in many ways including the shape, color, and form. The artist takes the object and then either simplifies it or exaggerates it using these….