“My kindergartener could have made that”: Painting from Representation to Abstraction and Back

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Look at the evolution of Western art from representational work to fully abstract work and then the return of representation in the mid-to-late twentieth century. Discuss topics such as: what does abstraction mean? How did it become accepted and mainstream? How does an artist arrive at abstract methods? The goal of the talk will be to foster an appreciation for abstraction that goes beyond the surface appeal of the objects, which is rooted in the history of abstraction and its development. Artists to be considered include Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne, Jackson Pollock, Norman Lewis, Helen Frankenthaler, Morris Louis, Josef Albers, Sol Lewitt, Richard Roth, and more.