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Pablo Picasso, <em>The Three Musicians</em>
Pablo Picasso, The Three Musicians

Three Musicians looks like a collage made from cut out pieces of colored paper — but it is an oil painting.

Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso: <em>Two Cubist Musicians</em>
Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso: Two Cubist Musicians

When we consider what a Cubist painting represents we engage in an intellectual or conceptual activity rather than a merely perceptual or visual one.

Icon and irony: Jasper Johns, <em>Flag</em>
Icon and irony: Jasper Johns, Flag

The American flag is a potent symbol that has different meanings for different viewers.

A new world after the Russian Revolution: Malevich’s <em>Suprematist Composition: White on White</em>
A new world after the Russian Revolution: Malevich’s Suprematist Composition: White on White

Malevich believed that artists, and art, could pave the way to a better future. But would they?

László Moholy-Nagy, <em>Telephone Pictures</em>
László Moholy-Nagy, Telephone Pictures

Moholy-Nagy claimed to create these objects without touching them or even seeing them—how does that work?

Giacomo Balla, <em> Street Light</em>
Giacomo Balla, Street Light

Rejecting traditional subject matter, Balla paints an object that is forthrightly modern and technological.

Willem de Kooning, <em>Woman, I</em>
Willem de Kooning, Woman, I

De Kooning painted image after image on this canvas, continually wiping it down and starting again.

Frank Stella, <em>The Marriage of Reason and Squalor</em>
Frank Stella, The Marriage of Reason and Squalor

Though hand painted, this image’s regularity erased any sign of individuality or emotional investment in the work.

Lee Krasner, <em>Untitled</em>
Lee Krasner, Untitled

Krasner severed the link between art and the everyday world, making important breakthroughs in abstraction.

Mark Rothko (at MoMA)
Mark Rothko (at MoMA)

Rothko wanted his paintings hung as low as possible, so the viewer could enter the painting.

Richard Serra, <em>Band</em>
Richard Serra, Band

Serra’s sculpture creates new spaces within the architecture of the room.

Richard Serra, <em>Torqued Ellipse IV</em>
Richard Serra, Torqued Ellipse IV

Inspired by a misinterpretation of a Renaissance church in Rome, this sculpture pushed the limits of technology.