-At the top part of the Art History Map, there are scattered reminders of all different cultures and civilizations that have left so many traces around the world in past centuries.
-All past centuries and dates can be found both on the right and on the left side of the Map, starting from the 13th century.
-On the left side of the Map, you can find most of the important writers, artists, musicians, filmmakers, scientists or statesmen of the Western World and on the right, the same equivalents from the non-Western World.
-In the central heart of the Map, you can find the relations and interactions and movements from Renaissance up to our times including the first two decades of the 21st century.
-In the last 25-30 years of the Map, artists are not anymore divided in typical historical art movements, but rather in different and sometimes parallel perception and presentation platforms in groups such as “Biennale Art”, “Art Fair Art” and “more happenings”. This last period is much more international and multi-cultural than other past ones.
-Normally it’s more accustomed to see museums or historians or book publishers have in depth looks into Classical, Impressionist, Modern, Post-Modern and contemporary times, almost always separately. Thanks to this Map, it is now possible to perceive all movements and cross influences as a whole and make comparisons while establishing periodic relations, through the vertical reading and analysis of the Map.
On top of that, now with a horizontal reading, it will be possible to decipher for each writer, philosopher politician or scientist, the key steps regarding which kind of world they lived in, what were they influenced by and what were the set of relations that contributed to their development in their times.
-Thus, the Map lets its viewer do vertical/timeline chronological readings that kind of turns into time traveling and also horizontal/geographical readings that make one grasp major things lived simultaneously in different ends of the world, in almost all fields of life.
-On the left side of the Map, you find arrows in “hot” red lines that carry the viewer towards more classical, colorful, brushstroky, expressionist, storyteller, or Pop style works. On the right side of the Map, there is more conceptual, minimal works that starting from Marcel Duchamp’s post-Cubist era, through Ready-Madescarry you towards movements like Arte Povera or Biennal Art!
The arrows that take you towards those types of works are blue and represent the “cold” line. You also find in between “warm” movements like Gutai or Fluxus that are neither hot nor totally cold. Leading all those arrows, you have “freeways” of different movements. For instance the surrealist freeway, starts with Hieronymus Bosch in the 15th century, passes through the Central Dutch School and later Symbolism, Dadaism and ends up in Surrealism, with its “automatic writing” champion pioneer leader André Breton. Also the freeway that ends up in Pop Art and Andy Warhol, starts with the wave of the legendary Japanese artist Sengai, passes through the French Nabis and the Synthetic art of Vallotton or Serusier, after a brief flirt with Art Nouveau, than comes to a main stop-over with the American major artist Stuart Davis before landing in hard core Pop Art of Warhol and Lichtenstein, with a final help by post-abstract expressionist artists such as Rauschenberg or Larry Rivers…
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