Art of the Real

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A term applied to a broad trend in American art in the 1950s and 1960s in which works of art were presented as irrefutable physical objects making no attempt at representation and no allusion to the perceived world by symbol, metaphor, or suggestion. The trend represents a reaction against the subjectivity of Abstract Expressionism and embraces several more precisely defined styles or movements such as Hard-Edge Painting, Minimal art, and Op art. The term was given wide currency by an exhibition at the Tate Gallery, London, in 1969: ‘The Art of the Real: An Aspect of American Painting and Sculpture 1948–1968.’ Among the artists represented in the exhibition were Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, and Frank Stella.

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