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    • Riverfront Break.

    • Riverfront Break.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • “Johnson is a practitioner of a style sometimes labeled ‘abstract illusionism’, making paintings where apparently solid but abstract forms float in illusionary space. Riverfront Break may have been suggested by the industrial forms of the...
    • Tiberius, front view.

    • Tiberius, front view.

    • Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Portraits; Emperors; Rulers; People associated with politics & government; Men; Hairstyles; Crowns; Headdresses; Headgear; Leaves; Symbols

    • "[…] this portrait probably came from the forum's Augusteum (a shrine dedicated to the imperial family). […] In this portrait, the hair is combed forward, with short bangs over the forehead, formed by straight and regularly laid locks that...
    • 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...
    • Wave Rock.

    • Wave Rock.

    • Sculpture; Poetry; Language; Lettering (Layout features); Graphic design; Inscriptions; Landscapes (Representations); Seascapes; Bodies of water; Boats; Vessels; Vehicles; Light

    • "Alongside his own production of visual poetry, which took the form of silkscreen prints as well as inscribed objects, Finlay was significant for his involvement in the 'small press' publishing activities associated with the alternative poetry...
    • Horn Players.

    • Horn Players.

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Mixed media; Graffiti; Poetry; Inscriptions; Music; Jazz; Portraits; Group portraits; Men; Musicians; Jazz musicians; Composers; Celebrities; People associated with entertainment & sports; Clothing & dress;...

    • "Although savvy enough to take [Robert] Rauschenberg and [Jasper] Johns as models, as well as to avoid the subways, Basquiat teamed up with a fellow dropout, Al Diaz, and headed for SoHo, where the art world soon knew the pair through their...
    • Talking.

    • Talking.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Arms (Anatomy); Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Clocks & watches; Cigarettes; Smoking; Smoke; Worry

    • "As in certain paintings by Francis Bacon, existential givens were made stubbornly palpable in Guston's pictures. Recurrent images such as a head with a single wide-open eye, wrist-watches, bare light-bulbs, or cigarette butts spoke of bouts...
    • 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...
    • Fate of the Beasts.

    • Fate of the Beasts.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings; Disasters; Fatalism; Trees; Plants; Animals; Horses; Ponies; Boars; Foxes; Deer

    • "Fate of the Beasts (1913), perhaps also related to the prevailing apprehensions of war, portrays a total, inescapable catastrophe. Hard, arrowlike diagonals intersect to shoot across the canvas. Trees bleed and descend in a cosmic cataclysm....
    • The Old Mill.

    • The Old Mill.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Architecture; Buildings; Mills; Water mills; Architectural elements; Structural elements; Walls; Roofs; Windows; Loading docks; Waterwheels; Streams; Bodies of water; Horses; Animals; Harnesses; Vehicles; Carts &...

    • "His work, though strong, feels soft and expresses a subtle abstract quality that embraces cubist elements." (caption, p.41)
    • July 1983.

    • July 1983.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works

    • "In the mid-1980s Richter produced abstract paintings as well as realist 'photo-paintings'. […] he appeared here to be recapitulating the ideological options underpinning postwar modernism in so far as his own transplantation from Eastern to...
    • 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...
    • Fighting Forms.

    • Fighting Forms.

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

    • "Marc, unlike Kandinsky, was predominantly a painter of imagery derived from the material world. But in a group of small compositions from 1914 and in sketches that he made in the notebook he carried, there was evidence of a move to...
    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • This Is How You Sit Correctly (after Goya).

    • Paintings; Acrylic paintings; Collages; Allusions; Women; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Clothing & dress; Dresses; Headgear; Pointing fingers; Smiling; Chairs; Seating furniture; Furniture; Doors & doorways; Floors; Snakes; Reptiles; Animals;...

    • "Polke's work frequently juxtaposes images wrenched from different periods of history. At the bottom left he makes use of a collage by the early twentieth-century Surrealist Max Ernst, whilst the central image derives from a satirical etching...
    • 'Dreamy Improvisation', study.

    • 'Dreamy Improvisation', study.

    • Paintings; Watercolors; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Drawings; Ink drawings; Pencil works; Studies (Visual works); Colors

    • "Soon after the creation of Composition VII, in late November, Kandinsky painted Dreamy Improvisation [Träumerische Improvisation] on 3 December 1913 followed by Light Picture [Helles Bild] and Black Lines [Schwarze Striche] in mid-December....
    • Three Musicians.

    • Three Musicians.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Collages; Colors; Men; Musicians; Entertainers; Monks; People associated with religion; People associated with entertainment & sports; Music ensembles; Performances; Music; Guitars;...

    • "Synthetic Cubism marked a return to bright color. Whereas Analytic Cubism fragmented objects into abstract geometric forms, Synthetic Cubism arranged flat shapes of color to form objects. Picasso's Three Musicians - a clarinetist on the left,...
    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

    • Vir Heroicus Sublimis.

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

    • "The assertive flatness of the implacable field of red is emphasized by the linear vertical 'zips'. Rather than functioning as 'drawing' within space, these reinforce and delimit the space as a whole. White 'zips' in Newman's works also evoke...
    • 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,...
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