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Modern Art Simplified

The names given to modern rrt movements don't always tell you what to expect when you go to a gallery to stare at some art, and that makes these movements a bit daunting for the novice art appreciator.

How the heck are you supposed to know if you like De Stijl, Futurism or Fauvism if you have no idea what these names mean?

Maybe this simplified guide to modern art by John Atkinson of Wrong Hands comics will help you make sense of it all, and when you're in the gallery remember- the trash cans, benches and velvet ropes are not art...or are they?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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My all-time favorite description of the different trends/styles of paintings is from an entertaining (but not great) movie starring James Garner called "The Wheeler Dealers" where Garner is a kind of promoter-type and has a group of rich old-codger good old boys (including the always-hilarious Phil Harris) that enjoy investing in whatever he has going on. At one point, they are considering investing in art, an Garner explains the types of art (Monet/expressionism= "fuzzy" paintings. Jackson Pollock/abstract="scratchy" paintings, etc.) and the popularity trends od what is valuable. Is a pretty awesome scene and is actually very true and funny.
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