This lesson covers cubism, abstract expressionism, and minimalism. Cubism is discussed with artworks by Pablo Picasso, abstract expressionism by Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko, and minimalism by Donald Judd.

Adapting Materials

For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download the presentation in PowerPoint and the reading list and sketchbook assignment in Word.


This Art Appreciation OER was adapted from existing resources by Marie Porterfield Barry for the Fall 2019 semester as part of East Tennessee State University’s Open Educational Resources (OERs) Awards Program.

19-The-Unraveling-Abstraction-in-the-Modern-Era-Presentation.pptx (21560 kB)
Lesson 19 Presentation in PowerPoint

19-The-Unraveling-Abstraction-in-the-Modern-Era-Reading-List.docx (13 kB)
Lesson 19 Reading List in Word

19-The-Unraveling-Abstraction-in-the-Modern-Era-Sketchbook-Assignment.docx (11 kB)
Lesson 19 Sketchbook Assignment in Word