Gallery Rebels 6 : Modern and Contemporary Art




Modern art is thought to be anything from about 1900 onwards and includes the Impressionist painters we looked at last time. In fact, the Impressionists are considered by many to be the first 'modern' movement. Make sure you look at the post on Impressionism before going any further.


In the last 100 years there have been more changes in art than in any other time of history. Different artists have tried out new techniques and have tried to be as different and as original as possible.


Contemporary art is anything that has been created fairly recently.


The events of the 20th Century changed the world forever. The bloodshed of 2 world wars forced people to rethink everything that was important them and new entertainments such as: photography, radio and television had arrived for good.


Types of Modern Art include:

Cubism

Impressionism

Expressionism

Abstract

Pop Art

Surrealism


Contemporary art forms include:

Drawing

Dance

Music

Street Art

Installation art

Performance art

Photography

Animation

Conceptual art

Animation

Internet Art

Print Making

Sound Art

Found Art and lots more.


You won't like it all - but it is good to experience as much as you can and form an opinion.

It is even better if you can pull in some family members to see it as well and ask their opinion - I wonder if you will like and dislike the same styles as your family and friends?


I suggest that you make yourself a little art journal that you can note down the artists and creators that you come across and jot down some of your opinions. Find a notebook or make your own with some folded paper.


I will do several shorter posts so that you can experience some of the different styles but remember that you can also do some of your own research when you come across a style or a particular artist that you like.


Here are some words that might be helpful as you form your opinions and discuss them.


absorbing (It pulls you in, hard to look away)

aggressive

appealing

astonishing

atmospheric

beautiful

controversial (Different opinions will be held by different people)

creative

daring

detailed

distinctive (It stands out)

disturbing

dreamlike

dull

exotic

fascinating

gorgeous

inspirational

interesting

peaceful

provoking (makes you think)

plain

refreshing

serene (peaceful)

stunning

ugly

unexpected




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