Surrealism first began in the 1920s. Although it is primarily associated with artwork, surrealism also extended to writing, film and music. The basic philosophy of surrealism is to create an element of surprise by introducing elements that do not necessarily belong. Salvador Dali is one of the most famous artists of the era, but there were other artists who created some thought-provoking works in their time.
Max Ernst was an early member of the Dada movement, which eventually gave birth to surrealism. Ernst invented Read the rest of this entry »
Filmmaking in its infancy consisted of a technique where several still pictures were taken in rapid succession and then pieced together to create a short film. The first known film shot was of a horse; with 24 frames strung together to clearly show the mechanics of the horseâ€™s gait. By the time of the Chicago Worldâ€™s Fair in 1893, Eadweard Muybridge had opened historyâ€™s first commercial motion picture theater showed short films to fair goers on animal motion. Similar Read the rest of this entry »
The Renaissance was a rebirth in Italian art, culture and knowledge that peaked between the years of 1475 and 1525. It was a deliberate return to the classical forms of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Renaissance art is so deeply embedded in the global consciousness that its contradictions are not recognized for being as odd as they are. On one hand, the religious art of the era is arguably the finest of all time. On the other, Renaissance artists were also known Read the rest of this entry »
Photography was not widely recognized as an artistic pursuit until the Group f/64 began promoting images with a purposeful modernist-aesthetic in the 1920s. From there, self-expression through photography ran rampant. However, it was still limited to the group of specialized experts capable of performing a chemical alchemy that provided the technical backbone of photography. That all changed in the late 1990s when digital cameras began their fast rise in popularity and affordability.
Today, many artistic photographers have never entered a darkroom or manually developed Read the rest of this entry »
Pop art came as a counter to classical painting, doffing proper composition and color usage. The style was popularized by Andy Warhol here in America, and has maintained its status in culture since.
Modern pop art continues to utilize the bright colors and bold lines it always has. The images seem to pop from the pages of a comic book or a magazine colored by gossiping teen girls with nail polish. While some paintings maintain one color scheme, others Read the rest of this entry »
Choreographers andÂ dancersÂ including Loie Fuller, IsadoraÂ Duncan,Â RuthÂ St.Â DenisÂ andÂ TedÂ Shawn created the modern dance movement after they became disenchanted with existing forms of dance.
InÂ 1891,Â Loie FullerÂ rebelled against the stiff movements of traditional dance by developing more fluid movements, combining these with improvisation, revolutionaryÂ lightingÂ andÂ translucentÂ silkÂ costumes.Â Fuller had minimal dance training, so most of her dance movements were with her arms. Her emphasis was on creating a stunning visualÂ effectÂ versus storytellingÂ orÂ expression of emotion.
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