Modern Art’s Big Whammies

Modern Art’s Big Whammies

These are 6 of the ‘Big Whammies’ of Modern Art.

Stretching from 1863 through to … today … there are quite a few huge developments in the history of avant-garde Modern Art.

These will all feature amongst many other movements, artists and individual paintings in my talk at Brockenhurst Village Hall on Tuesdays – 6th and 13th June 2023 1.00 to 2.30 pm.

Most people enjoy looking at Manet, Renoir, Monet and the other Impressionists and of course their works are largely easy to digest and understand.

Edouard Manet Lunch on the Grass 1863

But where were they coming from with their works? What was the background? What were the influences and who indeed did they influence? Where did it all lead to?

One of the ‘fathers’ of Modern Art is Paul Cezanne. Why?

Modern Art's Big Whammies
Paul Cezanne Mont Sainte Victoire 1904

Moving on from the likes of Van Gogh, Gauguin to the realm of the early 20th Century we come to Picasso and Cubism.

Modern Art's Big Whammies
Pablo Picasso Les Demoiselles d’Avignon 1907

After Picasso, at the height of WWI in New York, along comes Marcel Duchamp. People may wonder why on earth the work below is so important for Modern Art?

Modern Art's Big Whammies
Marcel Duchamp Fountain 1917

Picasso is followed by Grosz and Dadaism, Dali and Surrealism, and from there on into the strange world of Modernism, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Modern Art's Big Whammies
Jackson Pollock #17A 1948

In more recent years we have Conceptualism, and now Internationalism.

Who can remember the staggering event at the Royal Academy ‘Sensation featuring the ‘Young British Artists’ such as Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst?

Modern Art's Big Whammies

How do you make sense of Pollock’s Abstract Expressionism, Existentialism and perhaps in particular Conceptualism?

...and Banksy and Street Art – wow!

Modern Art's Big Whammies
Banksy – the shredding incident

We’ll be exploring the major Modern Art movements together with explanations at these talks.

Fully illustrated, with some sound and movement videos and a gentle quiz. Tea coffee and biscuits of course for sustenance.

Looking forward to seeing a many as can make it, audience members should come with an open mind and diverse thinking as for most people, these are indeed strange lands, ideas and concepts.

Think of flat earth believers having their world turned upside down when Christopher Columbus returned proving that in fact the Earth was round! And once again – where did Adam get that navel from?

Modern Art’s Big Whammies

Brockenhurst Village Hall. Tuesday 6th and 13th June 2023, 1.00 to 2.30 pm.