Quiz: Abstract art

  • 3 June 2015

Know your minimalism from your cubism? In six questions we test your abstract art credentials

  • Abstraction distraction

    Abandoning perspective and hundreds of years of artistic legacy, abstraction sought to represent the world through form, colour and line alone. The new visual language encompassed many movements from geometric abstraction to cubism and futurism.

    Test your knowledge of this revolutionary art movement.

  • Question 1 of 6

    Wassily Kandinsky was a leading figure in the emergence of abstraction and his theoretical writings on art had an international impact. Which of these influential art papers did he write?

  • Question 2 of 6

    Composition B (no II) with Red is a painting by which leading abstract artist?

  • Question 3 of 6

    Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso pioneered the cubist movement in the early 20th century. This painting by Braque is part of a series works exploring which subject matter?

  • Question 4 of 6

    Tate Modern’s retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work opens in June. Which spiritual movement was the artist greatly influenced by?

  • Question 5 of 6

    During the 1940s and 50s, New York became the centre for abstract art, with a group of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning practicing action painting. What was this movement called?

  • Question 6 of 6

    In 1936 the exhibition Abstract and Concrete displayed work by Piet Mondrian, Joan Miro and Barbara Hepworth. Which of these London art schools did Hepworth study at?

  • Minimalist

    0/6

    Oh dear, when you have minimal knowledge about minimalism its time to get your art history books out.

    Minimalist

    1/6

    Oh dear, when you have minimal knowledge about minimalism its time to get your art history books out.

    Scholar

    2/6

    It's nice not to be too academic when it comes to abstract art, that way you can throw yourself at a canvas while on a swing more easily.

    Scholar

    3/6

    It's nice not to be too academic when it comes to abstract art, that way you can throw yourself at a canvas while on a swing more easily.

    Professor

    4/6

    Kandinsky would be proud, we bet you've got some great colour and line theories ruminating in your large brain.

    Professor

    5/6

    Kandinsky would be proud, we bet you've got some great colour and line theories ruminating in your large brain.

    Professor

    6/6

    Kandinsky would be proud, we bet you've got some great colour and line theories ruminating in your large brain.

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    1. 1.  Wassily Kandinsky was a leading figure in the emergence of abstraction and his theoretical writings on art had an international impact. Which of these influential art papers did he write?
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    2. Correct answer: Concerning the Spiritual in Art
    3. 2.  Composition B (no II) with Red is a painting by which leading abstract artist?
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    4. Correct answer: Piet Mondrian
    5. 3.  Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso pioneered the cubist movement in the early 20th century. This painting by Braque is part of a series works exploring which subject matter?
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    6. Correct answer: The Billiard Table
    7. 4.  Tate Modern’s retrospective of Agnes Martin’s work opens in June. Which spiritual movement was the artist greatly influenced by?
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    8. Correct answer: Taoism
    9. 5.  During the 1940s and 50s, New York became the centre for abstract art, with a group of artists such as Jackson Pollock and Willem De Kooning practicing action painting. What was this movement called?
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    10. Correct answer: Abstract Expressionism
    11. 6.  In 1936 the exhibition Abstract and Concrete displayed work by Piet Mondrian, Joan Miro and Barbara Hepworth. Which of these London art schools did Hepworth study at?
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    12. Correct answer: Royal College of Art

    See the work of three brilliant and unique abstract artists across Tate museums this summer, all with 50% off with a National Art Pass:

    Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots is on at Tate Liverpool from 30 June to 18 October.

    Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World is at Tate Britain from 24 June to 26 October.

    Agnes Martin is on at Tate Modern from 3 June to 11 October.

 
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