AH 340 Contemporary Art: 1945 to 1970


"I've never believed in God.  But I believe in Picasso." - Diego Rivera

Self Portrait with Cloak

Pablo Picasso, Self Portrait with Cloak, 1901.











Here's an introduction to the material we will be considering...


Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917 (1964 replica).











Autumn Rhythm

Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm (Number 30), 1950.












The Seasons

Lee Krasner, The Seasons, 1957. 7 3/4' X 17'.










Woman and Bicycle

Willem de Kooning, Woman and Bicycle, 1952 - 1953.











Study After Velazquez

Francis Bacon, Study After Velazquez's Portrait of Pope Innocent X, 1953.











Challenging Mud

Kazuo Shiraga, Challenging Mud, 1955. Photo from the first Gutai exhibition.












Robert Rauschenberg, Odalisk, 1955-58.











Just What Is It

Richard Hamilton, Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing? 1956.











Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1961.










Andy Warhol, Gold Marilyn, 1962.











Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, 1965.











Norman Lewis, March on Washington, 1965.










Back Seat Dodge

Ed Kienholz, Back Seat Dodge '38, 1964.











Yoko Ono, Cut Piece, 1965.












Donald Judd, Untitled, 1967.











Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty, 1970.










Alma Thomas, Light Blue Nursery, 1968.











What to consider when looking at art?
  • Chronology - When was it made?
  • Provenance - Where was it made?
  • Style - How does it look?
  • Iconography - What symbols are used?
  • Artist - Who made it?
  • Meaning, Cause and Context - What does it mean? Why was it made? Under what circumstances was it created?
Art Historical Methodologies
  • Historical Context
  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Iconography
  • Semiotics
  • Feminism
  • Marxism
  • Formalism