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Lines of Color


October Wednesday 24, 2012

Yesterday my professor continued her lecture on Modernism in art. A lecture that she had started but not completed earlier in the semester. This lecture focused on abstraction in art and how such abstractions were informed by the time in which they were made.

This PowerPoint used Clement Greenberg’s definition of modern art as a lens through wich to view the presentation.HIs critical review ow modernism is found inClement Greenberg, “Modernist Painting,” in Art in Theory, 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas, eds. Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (Oxford: Blackwell, 1999), 754-760.  To summarize he states in his critical essay that the purist form of Modern art is flat surfaces of line and color. The primary examples of this  are Morris Louis’s  Moving In,1961 and Kenneth Noland’s Warm Sound in a Grey Field, 1961. Especially Morris Louis’s  Moving In. You have a flat surface with lines of color. More interestingly the strips of color are made with a dye pigment that seeps into the canvas. In this way it becomes part of the canvas, making it impossible to get a flatter surface. Just a cool fact that I found interesting.

Morris Louis, Moving In, 1961

Kenneth Noland, Warm Sound in a Grey Field, 1961

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