August 10, 2016, by Jack Dziamba. New Posts for July and August go up bi-weekly every Wednesday.
ART IN THE 21st CENTURY*
Below is a summary of Art in the 20th Century, with a timeline of the major developments from 1900 to 1945. It is not too early to look for what may become known as the Art of the 21st century of which Cubism may well have been that of the 20th century.
While the 21st century, thus far, has been in the death throes of the 20th century, in every aspect of life, the new century may be emerging from this death-like grip to develop into something of its own, and yet unknown. The art of Robert Wilson may well come to identify not only the point where the 21st century began, but hopefully what will be a major art movement of the new century.
Will Robert Wilson’s Video Portraits become one of the outstanding art forms of the 21st Century? It takes creativity, devices of the new media, and elements of concentration and contemplation which are missing from modern life. The 21st century may well be when mankind halts its hurtling toward destruction.
To test this theory, see if you can sit through, concentrate and absorb the video portrait of Winona Ryder above, and those of Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp below. See if these videos, especially the one of Winona Ryder with its mesmerizing music, do not introduce a new rhythm of tranquility, rather than chaos, into your own life.
ROBERT WILSON, IN BRIEF
Robert Wilson and Lady GagaLady Gaga at the Louvre at the Paris Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 7 rue de Belleyme 75003 Paris. More about the video with Lady Gaga at *wallpaper. Robert Wilson is also Guest Curator at the Louvre. Here, Robert Wilson Wilson speaks on his work as director and designer in 2010 at the Centre Pompidou, where he explained and demonstrated the power of his austere style.
Dissent Industries, which collaborated with Wilson on his Video Portraits, says, “By incorporating a multitude of creative elements; lighting, costume, make up, choreography, gesture, text, voice, set design, and narrative – the video portraits act as a complete synthesis of all the media in the realm of Wilson’s art making.”
You may also enjoy this video on the Robert Wilson/Philip Glass Opera, “Einstein at the Beach.”
ART IN THE 20th CENTURY
20th Century Art Movements With Timelines by Shanna11, in HubPages.com.
Before you read the Wikipedia summary, read these excellent Monographs on Movements in 20th Century Art Before World War II, and After World War II , by Mark Hudleson, Associate Professor of Art History at Palomer College.
20th-century art and what it became known as — modern art — really began with modernism in the late 19th century. Nineteenth-century movements of Post-Impressionism (Les Nabis), Art Nouveau and Symbolism led to the first twentieth-century art movements of Fauvism in France and Die Brücke (“The Bridge”) in Germany. Fauvism in Paris introduced heightened non-representational colour into figurative painting. Die Brücke strove for emotional Expressionism. Another German group was Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”), led by Kandinsky in Munich, who associated the blue rider image with a spiritual non-figurative mystical art of the future. Kandinsky, Kupka, R. Delaunay and Picabia were pioneers of abstract (or non-representational) art. Cubism, generated by Picasso, Braque, Metzinger, Gleizes and others rejected the plastic norms of the Renaissance by introducing multiple perspectives into a two-dimensional image. Futurism incorporated the depiction of movement and machine age imagery. Dadaism, with its most notable exponents, Marcel Duchamp, who rejected conventional art styles altogether by exhibiting found objects, notably a urinal, and too Francis Picabia, with his Portraits Mécaniques.
Subsequent initiatives towards the end of the century involved a paring down of the material of art through Minimalism, and a shift toward non-visual components with Conceptual art, where the idea, not necessarily the made object, was seen as the art. The last decade of the century saw a fusion of earlier ideas in work by Jeff Koons, who made large sculptures from kitsch subjects, and in the UK, the Young British Artists, where Conceptual Art, Dada and Pop Art ideas led to Damien Hirst‘s exhibition of a shark in formaldehyde in a vitrine.
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