Contextual 15

Contextual studies 15: Late Modernism – Aesthetics:
Key questions:

What are the main characteristics of the work?
1. Abstract Expressionism 
A. Barnet Newman (1905-70)

What are the characteristics of the work?

Large, Abstract, vertical lines (zip), parallel lines, intense colour 
Newman’s attitude to aesthetics:

Quote – slide 6 

Art should elevate you, he thought had lost its power. 


B. Mark Rothko (1903-70) 

What are the key characteristics of the work? 

Dark colour, blocks of colour, not sharpe lines, layered colours, looks like openings (windows, pastures)

Rothko’s attitude to aesthetics: 

Quote – slide 9

C.Jackson Pollock (1912 – 56)

What are the key characteristics of the work? 

Splattered paint, large canvases, layers of paint, Abstract, chaotic, balance, all over composition, 
Pollocks approach – points from text 

Viewers experience of A.E. works: 

Clement Greenberg quote – slide 19

2. Other development 1950s US

A. Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

What are the key characteristics of the work?

Mixture of 2D and 3D, painting on junk, mixture of painting and sculpture, 

Rauschenberg’s attitude to aesthetics:

Points from text:

B. Frank Stella:

What are the key characteristics of the work?

Lots of lines, stripes, different shape, right angles, no curves, abstract, no subject matter, 

Stella’s attitude to aesthetics 

Quote 

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