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The Era of Modernism Begins: From Abstraction to Collage

Create Your Personal Collage
All-Day Seminar and Studio Workshop

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Code: 1J0713

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The year 1912 was rich with developments that spelled the end of the old and the coming of a new era in the visual arts. These breakthroughs seemed to happen simultaneously in Paris, London, Munich, Moscow, and New York, where avant-garde artists pursued new forms of visual expression with non-traditional approaches and techniques to reflect the social and cultural changes all around them. The most radical results of these experiments were the birth of abstract painting and the invention of collage.

The day begins with two presentations by art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine on some of these seminal developments: from the collages of Braque and Picasso to the paintings by Kandinsky and Matisse inspired by music.

After lunch, participants work with artist Peter Karp to create their own collages with materials they’ve brought such as photos, letters, and small items. Some shared supplies are provided. No previous art experience is necessary.

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Georgievska-Shine is an independent art historian and adjunct lecturer in art history and theory at the University of Maryland.

Peter Karp is a collage, assemblage, and mixed-media artist working in the Washington Metropolitan area. He is represented by Studio Gallery in Washington DC.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)