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    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Girl before a Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Breasts; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Girl before a Mirror, detail.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Girls; Mirrors; Reflections; Mental states; Details

    • "Another stylistic shift in Picasso's work that was influenced by Cubism has been called Surrealism. This term literally means 'above real' and denotes a truer reality than that of the visible world. In the Girl before a Mirror of 1932,...
    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Symbols; Discrimination; Race discrimination; Race relations; Racism; Ethnic groups; Ethnic stereotypes; Indigenous peoples; Cultural relations; History; Irony; Fantasy; Archaeology; Excavation; Hides & skins; Steering...

    • "Durham's symbolic recoding of the imagery of modern America in the terms of its native Indians is interesting in relation to Joseph Beuys's use of Indian iconography for purposes of symbolic retribution. As a modernist, Beuys assumed his work...
    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Video recording; Storytelling; Fantasy; Myths; Science fiction; Metamorphosis; Supernatural; Supernatural beings; Heroes; Dandies; Men; Ears; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Corsages

    • "Here the artist aspires to a metamorphosis which hints partly at mythology, partly at science fiction. However, with mock pathos, Barney's floppy ears and dual kiss-curls inadequately match up to the four horns of the ram which the video's...
    • Car Crash.

    • Car Crash.

    • Performance art; Performances; Performances & portrayals; Accidents; Automobiles; Death; Writing; Artists; Men; Spectators; Audiences; Sitting; Standing; Costumes; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Neckties; Neckwear; Eyeglasses

    • "In a darkened room, Dine, acting the part of 'car' in a silver-sprayed cap and raincoat, swerved to avoid 'hits' from the raking 'headlights' attached to fellow performers. The lights went on and off amid clatterings and amplified collision...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract works; Abstract paintings

    • "In de Kooning's black canvases the elimination of color was conditioned as much by financial constraints as by the need to simplify pictorial problems in the spirit of Analytic Cubism. The deliberately artless use of shiny enamel housepaints...
    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Flower in the Wind.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Abstract drawings; Drawings; Pencil works

    • "In her consistent use of grids Agnes Martin participated in a tradition in twentieth-century art stretching from the Cubists and Mondrian to her Minimalist contemporaries. The grid was a non-hierarchical and non-referential structure. It...
    • Bald Eagle.

    • Bald Eagle.

    • Collages; Abstract works; Eagles; Birds; Animals

    • "In the year before Pollock's premature death, Krasner made powerful collages, possibly drawing on the huge semi-abstract 'paper-cuts' that the veteran French Modernist Henri Matisse was producing around this time. In one of these collages she...
    • Taking Stock (Unfinished).

    • Taking Stock (Unfinished).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Portrait paintings; Allegorical paintings; Allegories; Symbols; Irony; Allusions; Politics & government; Economic & political systems; Economics; Political elections; Political campaigns; Rooms & spaces;...

    • "In this painting Haacke's use of allegorical detail has an ironic air of academic exactitude. For instance, the marble sculpture of Pandora, pointedly placed on the Victorian table next to Margaret Thatcher, is based on one produced in 1890...
    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Inflammatory Essays, page detail.

    • Prints; Broadsides; Broadsides; Advertisements; Advertising; Language; Communication; Communication devices; Inscriptions; Lettering (Layout features); Punctuation; Question marks

    • "Jenny Holzer extended the use of language in art to another dimension by presenting words alone; for the viewer, looking and reading became one and the same act. […] In graduate school at the Rhode Island School of Design in the mid-1970s,...
    • The False Mirror.

    • The False Mirror.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Eyes; Body parts; Clouds; Puns (Visual works)

    • "Magritte's False Mirror of 1928 depicts a large eye (from which the familiar CBS logo is derived). The black circle at the center can refer both to the pupil and to the eclipsed sun. The observer is thrown off balance by the unusual close-up...
    • 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...
    • Vagina Painting.

    • Vagina Painting.

    • Performance art; Performances; Women; Artists; Painting; Brooms & brushes; Blood; Bodily functions; Anatomy; Genitals; Human body

    • "Retrospectively this performance reads as a proto-feminist riposte to Yves Klein's usurpation of the female 'trace' of five years earlier [Anthropometries of the Blue Age, performance, 9 March 1960]." (Caption, p.105); "[…] Fluxus...
    • 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...
    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Allusions; Death; Disasters; Tragedies; Accidents; Automobiles; Vehicles; Dead persons; Wounds & injuries; Voyeurism; Social aspects; Social classes

    • "The use of serial repetition here, as in other early Warhol works, relates interestingly to Minimalist uses of repetition. The reciprocally ironic relation between Warhol and the Minimalists came to a head in 1964. Warhol exhibited a series...
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