Global vanguards

Across the globe, new art traditions have responded to the radical changes of the 20th century.

1945 - present

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Ibrahim El-Salahi, <em>Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams</em>
Ibrahim El-Salahi, Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams

How would you paint a picture of something that’s not quite representable… like the sound of voices chanting, a spiritual vision, a childhood memory, or a dream that you can’t remember?

Mónica Mayer, <em>The Clothesline</em>
Mónica Mayer, The Clothesline

Drawing attention to the untold stories and silenced voices of women.

Song Su-Nam, <em>Summer Trees</em>
Song Su-Nam, Summer Trees

Song explores Western abstraction, but also embraces the East-Asian tradition of ink wash painting.

Uche Okeke
Uche Okeke

Okeke learned uli, an Igbo female painting tradition, from his mother, and infused it with a modern sensibility.

Liu Chunhua, <em>Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan</em>
Liu Chunhua, Chairman Mao en Route to Anyuan

Chairman Mao is portrayed as a revolutionary leader championing the common people in this work of socialist realism.

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