Program Details

Abstract Art:  A Global Survey

Terryl Lawrence

Course Description

What is abstract art? Why has it been so globally embraced by artists of all disciplines? To understand this departure from reality, one must recognize that abstraction is always rooted in nature and authentic experience and that it is actually realism deftly exposed. These talks will be enhanced by discussions of the artists, their ideas, and artwork.


  1. Vasily Kandinsky and his pioneering innovations.
  2. Early Abstraction by Piet Mondrian and Isamu Noguchi still resonates.
  3. Sonia and Robert Delauney uniquely fused the 20th century with European trends.
  4. Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning were true to their times and the way we think about art.
  5. Helen Frankenthaler's "Color Field" painting fit the post-war era.
  6. David Smith's handsome welded metal sculptures made him an American original.
  7. Abstraction in architecture by Aero Saarinen, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and others has reshaped our lives.
  8. Where is art now? Does abstract art continue to resonate?

About the Instructor

  • Terryl Lawrence, Ed.D. earned her doctorate in the Arts from Columbia University. She has had numerous exhibitions of her paintings and photographs in New York and Florida and is the recipient of many awards, including a national grant in the Humanities. She currently teaches Art History at Palm Beach State College and is a published writer.