What Is Cubism?

By Dr. Betty Ann Brown

Cubism refers to an avant-garde art movement that took place in the early 20th century, utilizing a formalist approach to creating art through geometric reduction and embodying the essential elements of an object. Study works by Pablo Picasso to understand cubism with information from an art historian, critic and curator in this free video on art.

About the Author

Betty Ann Brown is an art historian, critic and curator. She received a Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1977, where she studied Pre-Columbian art. Brown has worked as a contributing editor for Arts and Artweek and the Los Angeles Reader, has written frequently for Artscene and was founding editor of Visions, the Los Angeles art quarterly. Her "GradivaĆ­s Mirror: Reflections on Women, Surrealism & Art History," a series of essays on Surrealist artists, won the 2003 Cal State Northridge Award for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. Brown is currently working on a textbook titled "Art & Mass Media" (Kendall Hunt Publishers) and teaches art history at Cal State University Northridge.