Themes

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionist artists reinvented abstract painting—and other media—forming a distinctly American style.

Abstract Expressionism: A New Art for a New World Abstract Expressionist Sculpture The Processes and Materials of Abstract Expressionist Painting The Sublime and the Spiritual

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Abstract Expressionism: A New Art for a New World
Abstract Expressionist Sculpture
The Processes and Materials of Abstract Expressionist Painting
The Sublime and the Spiritual

Conceptual Art

Discover how Conceptual artists used language, performance, and instructions to fuel creativity, and sought alternatives to institutional settings.

Language and Art Outside the Museum Performance into Art Sol LeWitt and Instruction-based Art

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Language and Art
Outside the Museum
Performance into Art
Sol LeWitt and Instruction-based Art

Cubism

Explore how Cubist artists shattered conventions of representation and perspective.

Dada

Discover how Dada artists used chance, collaboration, and language as a catalyst for creativity.

Artistic Collaboration Chance Creations: Collage, Photomontage, and Assemblage Marcel Duchamp and the Readymade Word Play

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Artistic Collaboration
Chance Creations: Collage, Photomontage, and Assemblage
Marcel Duchamp and the Readymade
Word Play

Design

From the time you wake up to the time you go to sleep, design plays a role in your everyday life.

Chairs Everyday Marvels Plastic Simple Machines

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Chairs
Everyday Marvels
Plastic
Simple Machines

Expressionism

Amid the destruction of World War I, German and Austrian Expressionists responded to the anxiety of modern life.

Expressionism and City Life Expressionism and Nature Expressionist Depictions of War Expressionist Portraits

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Expressionism and City Life
Expressionism and Nature
Expressionist Depictions of War
Expressionist Portraits

Fauvism

Meet the “wild beasts” of the early-20th-century art world.

Investigating Identity

Discover how artists mine the concept of identity—and often challenge it—in their work.

Constructing Gender Intersecting Identities The Body in Art

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Constructing Gender
Intersecting Identities
The Body in Art

Landscapes: Real and Imagined

Discover groundbreaking techniques in early modern landscape paintings.

Minimalism

Explore the simplified forms and rich ideas behind Minimalist art.

Constructing Space Serial Forms and Repetition The Materials of Minimalism

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Constructing Space
Serial Forms and Repetition
The Materials of Minimalism

Photography

Explore the many different ways photography has been used to document and examine the modern world.

Photography and Public Image Photography as Witness Posed/Unposed Sets, Stories, and Situations The Photographic Record

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Photography and Public Image
Photography as Witness
Posed/Unposed
Sets, Stories, and Situations
The Photographic Record

Pop Art

Explore how Pop artists were inspired by—and made art directly from—consumer goods, mass media, and popular culture.

Appropriation Celebrity

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Appropriation
Celebrity

Surrealism

In a revolution against a society ruled by rational thought, the Surrealists tapped into the “superior reality” of the subconscious.

Surrealism and the Body Surrealist Landscapes Surrealist Objects and Assemblage Tapping the Subconscious: Automatism and Dreams

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Surrealism and the Body
Surrealist Landscapes
Surrealist Objects and Assemblage
Tapping the Subconscious: Automatism and Dreams

What Is Modern Art?

Late-19th-century artists broke with tradition to create art for the modern age.

Modern Landscapes Modern Portraits Painting Modern Life Popular Culture Rise of the Modern City

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Modern Landscapes
Modern Portraits
Painting Modern Life
Popular Culture
Rise of the Modern City