"Understanding Modern Art" presented by Art Historian, Professor Nancy G. Heller

In the fourth program of our lecture series, Dr. Heller continued to examine Modern art as it reaches the consciousness of mainstream America; middle of the 20th century and Abstract Expressionism.

Radical Developments in the 1930s: (Exploring the Subconscious) And the 1940s/50s: (The Triumph of American Painting).

Surrealism, a product of World War I nihilism (and the wild experiments of Dada), as seen in the art of Salvador Dalí, René Magritte, and Remedios Varo. The emergence of the U.S. as a radical art superpower, in the wake of World War II, with huge, dramatic canvases painted by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Lee Krasner.

Download lecture outline here.

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