ART SURVEYSAmerican Art in the 1960s
directed by Michael Blackwood
57 minutes, color
Carl Andre, John Cage, Dan Flavin, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Irwin, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Edward Kienholz, Roy Lichtenstein, Morris Louis, Robert Morris, Ken Noland, Claes Oldenburg, Jules Olitski, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Ed Ruscha, George Segal, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and critic Clement Greenberg. Narration by Barbara Rose.
During this critical decade in American life, artists built on the styles of the 1950s. An explosion of artistic energy produced Pop Art, Minimalism, color-field painting, and hard-edged abstraction. Sculptors and painters on both coasts explored new methods and new subject matter. American Art in the Sixties examines the key figures of that decade including Rauschenberg and Johns, two crucial transitional figures between Abstract Expressionism and the sensibilities of the new decade. The art of that time mirrors the optimism and the affluence, and the technology and the vulgarity of those boom years.