American Art in the 1960s
A talk by Dr Stephen Moonie.
Enter the world of 1960s American art, a time when pop culture and modern media took over the artworld. Art Historian Dr Stephen Moonie takes Michael Blackwood’s iconic 1972 film American Art in the 1960s as a starting point to journey through this time of cultural revolution. Focusing on key artists including Jasper Johns, Clement Greenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd and more, the talk will explore themes including the emphasis on the surface in modernist painting, the turn towards three-dimensional objects, and the rise of pop.
“As art was integrated into American life, it became more difficult to shock the public. Serious, profound, frivolous, absurd and ultimately tragic, the contradictions and paradoxes of the Sixties were reflected in American art of that revolutionary decade.” – Barbara Rose
American Art in the 1960s follows artists including Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Robert Rauschenberg, Helen Frankenthaler and more as they venture through the movements of pop art, abstract expressionism, collage, sculpture and expressionistic cubism. Their audience followed along loyally as the artists’ dove into new imagery that held a mirror up to society and examined the roots of culture. With no fear of experimenting with new mediums, the artists discuss the inspiration behind their work and the desire they feel to create.
- Jasper Johns, Three Flags, 1958 (Miri.gn, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
- Roy Lichtenstein in front of one of his paintings at an exhibition in Stedelijk Museum
- Picture from the Bianchini gallery opening, from left to right: Bob Stanley, Ultra Violet, Andy Warhol, Paul Bianchini (Marylin Stanley, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)
Organiser: HENI Art Club
Event Type: Live
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