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Inside Art: The Abstract Tradition

October 17, 2012
Fullerton Hall
$12 per member; $195 for full 17-lecture series

Although fully abstract art is usually associated with the twentieth century, artists throughout time have occasionally emphasized the formal aspects of line, color, shape, and composition over descriptive realism. This lecture will feature varieties of abstract traditions in art, from Cycladic sculptures of human forms, masks on ancient Chinese bronzes, and gigantic animal forms of prehistoric Peruvian land art, in addition to classicizing tendencies of Renaissance and Baroque masters such as Piero della Francesca and Nicolas Poussin. Explore the roots of abstraction in this lecture encompassing diverse periods and cultures, up to and including such modern movements as Color Field Painting and Minimalism.

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