Modern Art

September 5, 2020

5 Iconic Artworks by David Hockney That Define His Long Career

Best known for his vibrant paintings of Los Angeles' swimming pools, David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. The 83-year-old English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer, and photographer made a huge contribution to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, and he still continues to paint and exhibit today. From his early abstract figure paintings to his later photographic collages, Hockney’s style is constantly evolving.

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July 18, 2020

How Augusta Savage, a Black Art Teacher and Sculptor, Helped Shape the Harlem Renaissance

In the early 20th century, a remarkable renaissance emerged in Harlem. On the historic heels of the Great Migration, a mass exodus of over six million African Americans fleeing the segregated South, the New York City neighborhood became a cultural hub for Black creatives. While a wealth of figures formed this “golden age” of art, music, and literature, the contributions of sculptor Augusta Savage can be found at its core.

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July 11, 2020

Meet Les Nabis, the “Prophets of Modern Art” Who Transformed Turn-Of-The-Century Painting

As France approached the turn of the 20th-century, several modernist movements had started to take shape. Inspired by the forward-thinking Impressionists, like-minded fin de siècle artists banded together to push the boundaries of art. While most of these groupings revolved around shared styles, tastes, or techniques, the Nabi movement was more metaphysical in nature, born out of a “prophecy” that promised a new age of painting.   Who were the Nabis?

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May 8, 2020

Bauhaus: How the Avant-Garde Movement Transformed Modern Art

Throughout the 20th century, several styles of avant-garde art helped shape modern art. While many of these genres—including subconscious-based surrealism and energetic abstract expressionism—predominantly favored paintings, the Bauhaus movement encompassed a wide array of mediums, materials, and disciplines. Ranging from paintings and graphics to architecture and interiors, Bauhaus art dominated many outlets of experimental European art throughout the 1920s and 1930s. Though it is most closely associated with Germany, it attracted and inspired artists of all backgrounds.

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