Each artwork has a style, or group of visual characteristics. To help identify these groups, the museum has created a style icon. Look for these style icons on each object label inside the museum to follow your style or explore artwork outside of your comfort zone.
Realistic works are representational and attempt to reflect external reality or nature. Their subjects are often clearly recognizable, thanks to the artist’s use of detail and attempt to avoid stylization. Realistic art celebrates its subject matter honestly and so reflects the world around us.
Expressionist works value subjective emotions and experience over objective reality. Form and subjects are distorted in order to represent a particular quality or feeling. These works often connect with viewers on a deeply personal level.
Minimalist works use only the most essential elements of representation. By focusing strongly on the simplified, geometric aspects of a form or idea, they often lack representational content.
Abstract works are not representational or based on objective reality or nature. These inventive compositions invite the viewer to explore art on intellectual, spiritual, emotional and visceral levels. Viewers can interpret these artworks in a number of ways, which enriches the experience and keeps these works engaging and current.
Grotesque works often feature unusual compositions that feature incongruous elements, often for a humorous effect. Though not conventionally beautiful, grotesque works explore the boundaries of form, expression and experience in order to visualize change and challenge assumptions.