Clement Greenberg: Abstract Idealism And Pop Art

Topics: Art, Modern art, Modernism, Expressionism, History of painting, Painting / Pages: 2 (500 words) / Published: Apr 5th, 2016
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

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