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The political and social upheaval that was pervasive throughout much of the world during the middle of the 20th century spawned a number of creative and innovative movements throughout various areas of human activity, including the visual arts. One such manifestation was the experimentation in visual forms that involved the use of radically simplified forms and systematic strategies. These developments are profiled in this nice online exhibit, created by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The very well-thought-out homepage of the exhibit contains brief introductions to each aspect of this movement (such as sections on the use of repetition and seriality), a timeline that offers information about the relevant developments within the movement across Europe, North America, and South America, and finally a glossary of terms. One real treat of the site is the âInvestigationsâ area, which allows visitors to click around a series of text boxes, to uncover the multifaceted and nuanced answers to such artistic quandaries as âDo words and numbers function like lines and shapes in an artwork?â
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