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    • A Portend of the Artist as a Yhung Mandala.

    • A Portend of the Artist as a Yhung Mandala.

    • Illustrations; Periodical illustrations; Drawings; Ink drawings; Collages; Cartoons (Commentary); Editorial cartoons; Political cartoons; Satires (Visual works); Politics & government; Art; Capitalism; Symbols; Myths; Legends; Supernatural...

    • "Ad Reinhardt's satirical cartoons, which contrasted sharply with his practice as a painter, dated back to the 1930s and 1940s. His strong Communist sympathies during that period had informed a series of cartoons for left-wing journals. By the...
    • [Antonin Artaud], Self-Portrait.

    • [Antonin Artaud], Self-Portrait.

    • Drawings; Pencil works; Portrait drawings; Portraits; Self-portraits; Heads (Anatomy); Men; Authors; Poets; Actors; Theatrical producers & directors; Dramatists; Draftspersons; Hairstyles

    • "Artaud's late drawings have been a comparatively recent discovery. His poetry and writings on the theatre were better known previously. In the latter respect, his notions of catharsis had a decisive impact on the Body Art of the 1970s. After...
    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Bojewyan Farms.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Agriculture; Agricultural productivity; Croplands; Farms; Farming; Economics; Economic & social conditions; Landscapes (Representations); Villages; Coastlines; Animals

    • "Bojewyan is a small village near St. Just in Cornwall, England. At the time of the painting local farmsteads were falling empty because they were uneconomic. Lanyon saw this as a serious threat to the region. His painting contains hints of a...
    • Green & Maroon.

    • Green & Maroon.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Colors

    • "By the turn of the 1950s Rothko had arrived at the pictorial format which was to serve him for the rest of his career; horizontal lozenges of soft-edged color hovering in a large vertically oriented field. These clouds of color were seen by...
    • Untitled (Medici Princess).

    • Untitled (Medici Princess).

    • Sculpture; Boxes; Mixed media; Allusions; Photographs; Reproductions; Portraits; Girls; Children; Youth; Princesses; Upper class; Nobility; Boys; Posing; Clothing & dress; Children's clothing & dress; Dresses; Necklaces; Jewelry; Pendants...

    • "Cornell's boxes of the 1940s and 1950s consisted of achingly melancholy juxtapositions of incongruously scaled objects implying temporal and spatial poetic leaps. A Victorian child's soap bubble set would be placed against a lunar map or a...
    • Head of a Man.

    • Head of a Man.

    • Collages; Montages; Photographs; Men; Heads (Anatomy); Moral aspects of war; Pessimism

    • "Henderson is rarely accorded much status in accounts of postwar art but he was a formative influence on members of London's Independent Group, especially [Eduardo] Paolozzi and [Richard] Hamilton. In the late 1940s and 1950s he photographed...
    • Head of a Man, detail.

    • Head of a Man, detail.

    • Collages; Montages; Photographs; Men; Heads (Anatomy); Moral aspects of war; Pessimism; Details

    • "Henderson is rarely accorded much status in accounts of postwar art but he was a formative influence on members of London's Independent Group, especially [Eduardo] Paolozzi and [Richard] Hamilton. In the late 1940s and 1950s he photographed...
    • Blue Veil.

    • Blue Veil.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • "In Louis's enormous 'veils' of the 1950s the physical operations of pouring paint or tilting a canvas so that the paint floods down it are powerfully implied." (Caption, p.28); "[Clement] Greenberg's conception of 'Modernism' as...
    • Numbers.

    • Numbers.

    • Drawings; Numerals

    • "Johns used letters or numbers as a means of reintroducing the signifiers of a collective sign system into a Modernist 'field' previously answerable to subjective judgments of taste. The textures in his drawings in particular are subtly...
    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Untitled (Cowboy).

    • Photographs; Prints; Advertisements; Advertising; Men; Cowboys; Clothing & dress; Cowboy hats; Hats; Headgear; Shirts; Coats; Chaps; Horseback riding; Riding; Sitting; Roping; Ropes; Locomotion; Human locomotion; Animal locomotion; Animals;...

    • "Prince's early 'appropriations' from advertising, of which this is an example, have interesting connections with his later practice. After 1985 Prince started to employ verbal jokes in his works. They were often silkscreened as texts across...
    • Mercenaries II.

    • Mercenaries II.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Political issues; Politics & government; Corruption; Men; Mercenaries (Soldiers); Soldiers; Military personnel; People associated with military activities; Military life; Conversation; Smiling; Standing; Clothing...

    • "Set against huge fields of red oxide on mural-sized, unstretched canvases, Golub's figures' frozen poses fleetingly echo those on Greek pottery, but they travesty classical faith in the body." (Caption, p.205); "Another rediscovered...
    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Bags; Stencils (Images); Numerals; Mixed media

    • "The sacks used in these canvases often displayed stenciled letters relating to their commercial origins. This suggests some link with the German prewar Dadaist, Kurt Schwitters who made collages from printed waste paper. However, Burri,...
    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Civilisation Atlantique.

    • Paintings; Allusions; Anti-Americanism; Politics & government; Political issues; Capitalism; Imperialism; Wealth; Corruption; Poverty; Emigration & immigration; Social classes; Economic & social conditions; Domestic life; Child labor;...

    • "This enormous, collage-like painting is crammed with anti-American allusions. An electric chair sits on the plinth at the top center (the Rosenbergs were electrocuted as Russian spies in 1953). A GI nonchalantly reads a pornographic magazine....
    • Anthropometries of the Blue Age, performance, 9 March, 1960.

    • Anthropometries of the Blue Age, performance, 9 March, 1960.

    • Performance art; Performances; Painting; Body painting; Locomotion; Human locomotion; Artists; Men; Dandies; Women; Nudes; Audiences; Spectators; Orchestras; Music ensembles; Musicians; Sitting; Musical instruments; Clothing & dress; Suits...

    • "This performance exemplifies Klein's participation in the masculinist tradition of the dandy. The self-contained male, renouncing biological productivity (symbolized by the 'fecundity' of the paint-covered women launching themselves at...
    • Cheerleaders, University of Louisville, circa 1950s.

    • Cheerleaders, University of Louisville, circa 1950s.

    • Cheerleading; Sports & recreation facilities; University of Louisville--Students; Students;

    • A co-ed group of U of L cheerleaders jump to energize the crowd at a basketball game. The crowd, in bleachers, can be seen in the background. The saddle shoes worn by the cheerleaders indicate that this photo was taken in the 1950s.
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