Colonial and early postcolonial painting in America was basically British in style. Then the Hudson River School discovered the American outdoors, followed by the realization by the Ashcan school that urban slums and taverns have a mystique of their own. The 20th century was marked by the exploration of techniques and procedures of artistic expressiveness, and it was in New York where a profound transformation of artists and collectors’ approach to art took place and totally transformed public perception. Up until then, American artists went to Europe, notably Paris, to make art. Now, Europeans come to New York.
Trends in American "modernism" did not yield one coherent style, but aroused the desire for trials and challenges. Modernism was essentially conceived as a rebellion against academic and historicist traditions and against cultural absolutism. Superb works of art are made, albeit in a fluid variety of styles and aesthetic approaches. In this course we will examine the different trends and forms of modern art. Will any of them stand the test of time?
Instructor Antoinette Pimentel has a degree in biochemistry, but grew up among pigments, easels, and brushes, since her father was an artist, a printer, and an engraver. Her travels made her turn to art, as science requires a more sedentary life. She attended the Kunstnernes hus in Oslo, Norway, and the Volksuniversiteit in Amsterdam, Nederland. Antoinette has taught courses in art history and art appreciation for CSC as well as other settings.
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