Projects relating to art and art history.

"What is modern art?"
In a lot more depth.

So while the last graphic was cute and probably a bit helpful for someone who wanted a 10-second overview, it left me wanting a little more once those 10 seconds were up.

And, as usual, in looking for just a little more I did a whole lot more.

On the right is a timeline of about 100 paintings that helped to define modern art (from Impressionism to present), and are famous examples of the various art movements throughout that time. They are also grouped by movement. Some of these movements may seem familiar to most (Impressionism, Pop Art), and thus, those examples will be more famous. But I also wanted to capture other important but less popular movements that still had a big impact on the shape of modern art (Synchromism, de Stijl).

The second diagram (below) is by far the more informative. It provides a handy-dandy description of each time period in modern art history. It's not grouped by era, but instead by the actual changes to art that occurred during that time.

Oh, and a pro tip I learned whilst creating these: Pages is a terrible software for documents larger than size tiny. I would provide the pages versions as well in case the public wanted to manipulate the graphics in some way (as I'm sure you do), but I value your sanity more than my own.

What's that? You're wondering why I used Pages? Well, the truth is that once my document got larger than size tiny and the performance began to be affected, I had made too much progress and was in too deep to start over. The only way out was through. Plus, I liked the way that the curvy era shapes looked. Don't they look cool?

Now that I'm done, though, I can reasonably say: never again.

And the moment you've all been waiting for: both of these diagrams, along with a simple version with just the paintings and no special effects, zipped up like a sweater in the winter. Get your sweater here.

"What is modern art?"
Explaining the inexplicable.

Modern art is an incredibly difficult era of art (for me at least) to understand. What makes a work modern? What about post-modern? How about avant-garde?

In order to help solve this incredibly important and pressing problem, I've created a little graphic. It's a good, super basic overview of the differences between these eras.

As always, it comes in download.

"Which art is the best art?"
Or, what you need to know to sound educated about art.

Yes, I know that these works come only from Western artists, which is why I'm re-labelling this diagram to be the greatest 50 works of art in the Western world.

I also know that there are not exactly 50 works. There are 58. However, "the 58 greatest works of all-time" doesn't sound quite as nice. For those that favor exact numbers, I've included the box reading "686 Years of Art History". I hope that is enough precision to satisfy.

Without further ado, here are the 50 greatest works in the Western world. The image quality is poor. If you care about that sort of thing, I've zipped up a high-quality one here.

"Where is the art?"
The locations of famous art works around the globe.

Wikipedia has a lot of handy lists of art by famous artists which includes the current location of those pieces around the world. I started with artists whose lists of works were relatively small in size and provided clear directional details to their locations - Paul Cezanne and Paul Gaugin. They also conveniently have the same first name, which is always nice. On the left is Gaugin, and on the right is Cezanne:

Here is a file with these as well as some other artists.