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Art History and Contemporary Essay

… Perhaps this is the genesis of the very nature for humans that we need to continuously explore and explain the unknown. And, different cultures in time and location find different approaches and solutions to this -- but in similar ways that lead us to believe that there is perhaps more to this myth and realization of myth through art than simple repetitions of archetypal themes. In a sense, then, it is necessary for us to continually recraft the past so that we may acculturate towards the future. Art then, in its many forms, serves as the catalyst for this journey.

We can certainly understand this if we look at the global oral tradition that turns into folk art as an expression of culture -- with…. [read more]

Exploring Contemporary Art Franz West Chameleon 2004 Thesis

… ¶ … art: Franz West, Chameleon, 2004

Exploring Contemporary Art with Theory (Philosophy of Art)

Franz West, Chameleon, 2004. Collection of the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal.

Franz West's three-dimensional 2004 creation called simply Chameleon looks like the interior of a brightly-colored green kitchen in its incarnation at Collection of the Musee d'art contemporain de Montreal. Chameleon is not a depiction of a lizard, but a work that superficially suggest the appearance of an interior design, in bright, Brady Bunch, mid-1970s shades of chartreuse. Its strange falseness and homogeneity as the lime green tables and chairs blend in with the walls, underlines the conformities of urban life and the psychological, human desire to blend in with society -- but with brightness and panache. The title…. [read more]

Art Book Intro and Conclusion Art Compilation Essay

… Art Book Intro and Conclusion

Art Compilation Book Introduction

Art is taking the archetypical forms of the mind and giving those forms a physical existence. There is no greater example of this truth than modern art. Modern artists challenged the definition of art by removing the expectation of reality and the limitations of society and creating images purely from the mind. These transformations may seem strange or even controversial to many, but that is the intent of the modern artist, to articulate and form the purest archetypical creations imaginable. In doing this, modern art challenges the definitions of form, material, content, and detail to create unimaginable masterpieces.

The primary way that modern artists challenge the societal definition of art is through form. Whereas once artists…. [read more]

Art Culture: Public Space Term Paper

… This is because the 20th century public sphere constitutes organized individuals that exert their influence over public debate and sphere institutionally. This public cannot appreciate the placement of public art in the public sphere, unlike the 18th century public. According to Habermaes, public art gained popularity in the 18th century, since the public was subject to political decisions and interests. In that era, the public sphere was marked by a close link between church, state, public, and private sectors, under a feudal system. In this system, the power relations and levels of power saw political authority hold the highest levels of power (Habermaes 52). At this high level of power, politicians and rulers represented their ideals and state inform of symbols in the public sphere,…. [read more]

Art in South America and the Pacific Term Paper

… Art in South America and the Pacific

Aboriginal Creation Myths and Art

The Aborigines have existed for approximately 40,000 years in parts of Australia. They boast one of the most ancient cultures in the world that is as varied as the people themselves throughout different regions of this continent. Due to the length of time that this civilization has existed, one would think that its traditions, cosmology and art would have a significant impact on the world. However, largely due to the fact that the Aborigines are a non-Westernized group of people and have never fully embraced technology, which is one of the principle Western markers of the "progress" of a civilization, most of its cultural manifestations are largely ignored by the outside world. As…. [read more]

Art Painting No. Untitled #14 Essay

… Although abstract, paintings in the Ocean Park series like this one clearly capture the houses and condominiums that comprise the Santa Monica area. Panes of glass are rendered in white, but allow for the sense of refracted light, as the artist applies color in variable swathes. Moreover, Diebenkorn manages to convey the sense of peering out at the sea. A stained glass-like effect is evident, with structures of light and color.


Mick Jagger

Artist: Andy Warhol

Date: 1976

Paragraph: Perhaps more than any other artist in the 20th century, Andy Warhol blended pop and fine art into a cohesive whole. His social milieu included rock giants like Mick Jagger, who Warhol first met in the early 1960s, even before the Rolling Stones…. [read more]

Midwestern Contemporary Art Case Study

… It the post of chairmanship that marks the personal network Peggy would have in terms of trying to convince peter to help her in this situation since Peter knows the challenges that Peggy is facing of having an almost bankrupt museum and the difficulty of keeping it running.

Due to the fact that Mrs. Smith has a passion for art, closure of the museum would be a sad scenario for her since it has always been a source of joy for her. It is by using this angle that Peggy would develop a personal network by influencing her that should the museum be closed, they too will have lost something they care about. Looking at what a person cares most about and bringing in a…. [read more]

African and Asian Influences on Western European Art Essay

… She is standing on a Chinese carpet and wearing a Japanese kimono. However, Asian influence was just one out of several styles that affected European art. African art had a profound effect.

African art influenced 20th century styles of European art which is evident in cubism. Looking at the Bakota reliquary guardian figure from Gabon, Mbulu-Ngulu, we see an intermediary between the living and the dead. It is formalized into geometric shapes, the base taking the shape of a diamond, the solid contrasting the empty space (Soltes). The head depicts the connection to the soul and the realm of the dead. Another geometric piece of art is the Fang mask from Gabon, with geometric reduction and geometric emphasis on light and shadow. The Kifwebe mask…. [read more]

Art as Political Statement Term Paper

… As such, Marc's animals appeared in non-naturalistic colors, which has symbolist qualities such as blue for masculinity, while red and yellow stood for femininity.

To depict yellow as a joyous color, Marc created The Yellow Cow in order to show the happiness and the female depicted by the cow leaping through the air (Pioch).

As the political situation however worsened with the advent of the First World War, Marc's paintings reflected his fears. His animals became smaller and spread out, losing their qualities of calm and contemplation. In this way Marc makes the statement that even the artist as expressionist is not completely immune from the outside influence of fear and doubt (Pioch).


Fauvism was a mostly Parisian movement that did not last long,…. [read more]

Art Consumption Essay

… Art

Consumption is one of the most challenging themes in contemporary art, because of art's centrality as a consumer object while art may simultaneously critique its own function as commodity. In the PBS series Art21, season one addresses the theme of consumption in an episode featuring Barabra Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel, and Mel Chin. The film starts with tennis superstar John McEnroe talking about his relationship with art as a tennis player who, ironically, has been described as being an "artist" on the court. McEnroe discusses the way both tennis and art are associated with bourgeois social strata, "out of the reach" of most people because of financial barriers, in spite of the fact that both tennis and art have no…. [read more]

Art History Roy Lichtenstein Term Paper

… They are totally formed by the way their culture has defined them. Even the title Stepping Out implies a falseness. They are dressing up and moving outside their true reality into a night life culture which they have been programmed to crave.

Stepping Out like the bulk of Lichtenstein's work stands in the center of the Pop Art era. As quoted in Art News in November of 1963, Roy Lichtenstein said: "Pop Art is an involvement with what I think to be the most brazen and threatening characteristics of our culture, things we hate, but which are also powerful in their impingement on us" ( Other artists like Andy Warhol, with his repetitive advertising industry images as seen in 32 Capmbell's Soup Cans (1961-62) and…. [read more]

Art of Classical Antiquity Essay

… The story of the trial and death of Socrates as it is told in Plato's Republic, brought to life on canvas by David, had direct historical reference. Socrates was put on trial by those who would not listen to reason: the jury of Athenians was too beholden to the ancient social structure. David drew much from this historical reference and is making a political statement in the painting. In ancient Greece, the art was not making as much of a political statement as it was an expression of pride in the pinnacle of Hellenic culture. Other Neoclassical works, including those by David, do not address the themes of classical Greece. They are, such as "Napoleon Crossing the Alps," more squarely rooted in contemporary imagery. However,…. [read more]

Art During Renaissance the Evolution Thesis

… Comparisons of Renaissance and Medieval Art

There are a number of comparisons that can be made between Renaissance and Medieval Art. For example, medieval art's colors are mostly drab and dull because the pigments are mixed with egg yolk. They also have more religious aspects to them. Renaissance art is more realistic and the colors are a lot richer. Moreover, the focus of medieval art was primarily on religion; very focused on creating symbols of Christian concepts/values and not concerned with realism. Renaissance art is very focused on realism; on portraying things as they look in nature. In part, the realism of Renaissance art is attributable to the use of linear perspective in painting. As previously noted, there was a diminished focus on religion; however,…. [read more]

Art Exhibit in December 2004, I Visited Term Paper

… Art Exhibit

In December 2004, I visited the White Cube Art Gallery in London with my art class to view an exhibition by photographer and video artist Sam Taylor-Wood. Her work combines elements of photography, film, and video installation. I knew little about Taylor-Wood other than that she was married to art dealer and White Cube Gallery owner Jay Jopling, and that a previous video installation of hers "David" (named for David Beckham, the football player) had featured a nine-minute video of Beckham sleeping, and been shown at the National Portrait Gallery. I wondered, then, if Taylor-Woods was in fact talented enough on her own to be so successful at such a young age, or if marriage to Joplin had hurried her art to the…. [read more]

Art History vs. Accounting Essay

… Art and economics are often believed to reside in totally different dimensions, different realities. On the one side is the creative artist, who distances himself or herself from monetary needs. The Vincent van Goghs of the world spend their lives in abject poverty because their spiritual desire to create transcend their worldly needs. Artists are, in a sense, viewed as spiritual leaders. They are ascetics just as they are aesthetically inclined.

On the other side of the equation are the financiers. We the economists and accountants are the money behind the art. Unseen forces driving art, we are the people who historically have commissioned painting and other artistic expressions ranging from the ancient artists of Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt throughout the Holy Roman Empire…. [read more]

Art Museum Review Essay

… Art Museum Review

The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography & Film in Rochester, New York holds its place in visual history with the exhibition of photographs. The current exhibits of the museum includes "Cameras from the Technology Collection," a retrospective of camera technology from the first Kodak camera to the Brownie, a later model; "Taking Aim: Unforgettable Rock 'n' Roll Photographs Selected by Graham Nash," a retrospective of 100 photographs in pop music, chosen by Crosby, Stills & Nash's musician, Graham Nash, and "Sweet Creations: Gingerbread House Display," which is a baker's delight, featuring exhibitions produced by bakers, community groups and families (George Eastman House, 3).

The Museum had previously exhibited photographs by the Oscar-winning actress, Jessica Lange, 33 images from her travels…. [read more]

Art Nouveau Movement in America Essay

… Art Nouveau Movement in America

One of the most important breakthroughs in architecture was the Art Nouveau movement, present in Europe and across the world starting with 1890 and making its impact on art and culture until the first decade of the 20th century. The importance of the Art Nouveau current made it significant not only in architecture, but in connected areas such as interior design, furniture etc.

According to different sources, the origins of the Art Nouveau current date back to William Morris and his resistance to the Victorian currents and tendencies that did not allow the artist to freely express himself and kept him within certain strict norms. Floral and vegetal patterns, as well as a strong influence from Japanese artists of the…. [read more]

Art Analysis: ART21 After Reviewing Essay

… The title of this work states: this is no time for dreaming. For whatever feelings or opportunities dreaming provides us, this is no time for that now. This logic begs the question, if it is not time for dreaming, what is it time for then? Tossing papers about in an empty room might be the perfect time for dreaming because the reality of the situation is not fun.

Forever is a series of installations where the primary source material is bicycles. Weiwei used approximately 1,200 bicycles to construct his exhibit. Weiwei is an artist that often expresses messages that are aware of the 21st century Chinese reality, condition and culture. His work is very connected and heavily themed around the diversity of meaning of the…. [read more]

Art Music and Art Tunga Term Paper

… Art

Music and Art

Tunga (at the Light of Both Worlds)" is a mixed media kind of sculpture work created in 2005 by the artist from Brazil named Tunga. This work is kind of a sculpture suspended from the ceiling, with many different heads and skulls hanging from metal wire and metal canes. It is disturbing to look at because it seems to represent death and evil, and it is dark and scary-looking. It reminds me of something that you would see at a Halloween party or event, because it has that look of fright and fear about it, and it makes the person looking at it emotional and a little frightened. I think that this is a work of art, and I can see…. [read more]

Art After 1980 Term Paper

… Whereas McCarthy focuses his attention on the perversion of the world underlying the clean veneer of mythology, Kruger is far more concerned with the iconography of popular culture and the detrimental effect it has on humanity. The thesis of Kruger's work is that the modern era is so consumed with popular culture, that we have relinquished and claim to real culture. In her book Remote Control: Power, Cultures, and the World of Appearances, Kruger said, "To those who understand how pictures and words shape consensus, we are unmoving targets waiting to be turned on and off by the relentless seductions of remote control. We are demi-living proof that the video camera has replaced the mirror as the reflection of choice" (5). For Kruger, there is…. [read more]

Modern Art of the Twenty First Century Thesis

… Modern Art of the 21st Century

Throughout the course of history, artists have used a number of different techniques in illustrating their ideas and thoughts about particular images. This is because various tactics utilized in the past were often incorporated into contemporary thinking. In the 21st century, these views are being used to tell a unique story by embracing these and other attributes. (Rathus) According to Robertson (2012), different beliefs have been utilized to create new ways of expression. (Roberson)

Evidence of this can be seen with her saying, "21st century art is a burgeoning field of practice, research, and publication, making it an incredibly dynamic field of study. Many important topics have been resonating in the new century and inspiring new thinking and scholarly…. [read more]

Detroit Institute of Arts Essay

… The woman standing on the beach is showing her legs in a pose that suggests the intention of grabbing her companion's attention, but every silhouette in this painting appears to be living in a world of her own, with her own thoughts and preoccupations. No features are visible, but there are stories to be told with every character.

One of the temporary exhibitions going on at the museum is titled "Motor City Muse: Detroit Photographs, Then and Now."

It is one of those exhibitions that offers a glimpse into an urbane, ephemeral world, great artists like Henry Cartier Bresson, Robert Franck or Bill Rauhauser were able to capture and make it permanent.

Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles," lend by the Musee d'Orsay in Paris, until…. [read more]

Christies School of Art Studying Admission Essay

… My plan is to study contemporary art from 1850 to modern day and the chance to be able to explore the museums and galleries located at Christie's Auction House would be an incredible addition to my studies and an experience that I will not find at any other art school.

After spending much time researching the school, I think that Christie's School of Art New York would be a perfect fit for me. I feel that given the New York's plethora of resources -- including the New York Public Library -- I would have so much knowledge at my fingertips. The resources from Christie's for professional training and academic learning are things that will help me grow not only as a student of art --…. [read more]

MOMA a Comparative Discussion Essay

… According to its website, "Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art." Because Tate Modern is part of this larger collection, its work is contextualized along something of a continuum. That the modern museum itself opened in 1897 is indicative of the sheer age of the collection relative to that housed by the MoMA from its 1929 inception.

The Tate houses such famous works as Monet's expressionism, the abstract expressionism of Matisse and the photographic work of figures like Eugene Atget. The arrangement of the museum in relative chronological order, an approach adopted only in the most recent years, also differentiates Tate from the MoMA. The MoMA instead divides its collection according to…. [read more]

Art Period's Styles Represent Research Paper

… The statue of David largely contrasts the Artemision Bronze, as the former demonstrates that individuals were no longer inclined to value physical strength during the Renaissance. Instead, they focused on promoting the importance of intellectual power and Donatello thus used the feminine aspect of David with the purpose of showing that people had to focus on more complex matters in their struggle to achieve greatness.

Although it would be difficult to determine the exact effect that the Artemision Bronze has had on individuals at the time when it was created, conditions are different in the case of Donatello's David. The Italian artist performed a daring move by deciding to create the sculpture, considering that it is the first significant nude statue performed during the Renaissance.…. [read more]

Public Art and Public Spaces Term Paper

… While the political content of public art has lessened to some extent in more recent decades, it remains in general inherently more subversive than unifying. Rachel Whiteread's 1993-4 sculpture, titled "House." The concrete piece replaces what was once an actual Victorian home with a solid block that cannot be entered, that cannot give shelter, that cannot do any of the things that houses must be able to do to merit the title of house except to take up space in a neighborhood.

The audience must re-evaluate its relationship with the space: emptiness is now solid and a solid form is now empty. That which once surrounded, sheltered, and confined is now gone. And what was thought to be empty is now a visible, identifiable, and…. [read more]

What Is New in "Art Term Paper

… Modern Art

Old Wine in New Bottles?

One of the most important precepts of contemporary art is that great art cannot be great unless it is fundamentally innovative. Or at least that is the official word. In fact, a certain amount of incorporation of older ideas is accepted and even expected, perhaps most easily filed under the idea that even the most highly innovative artists are supposed to understand and appreciate what has gone before them.

However, the degree to which any truly great artist (according to contemporary standards) can borrow from or be influenced by other artists is fundamentally limited. This is difficult for those of us who have grown up with art that valorizes what is new. But for many art audiences, art…. [read more]

Art Myth and Revolt: Cy Twombly Term Paper

… ¶ … Art

Myth and Revolt: Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, and Louise Bourgeois

This exhibition will feature the works of three of the most heroic names in contemporary art - Cy Twombly, Anselm Kiefer, and Louise Bourgeois. Each of these artists has produced a vast body of work that makes extensive use of myth through idiosyncratic - and hence, revolutionary means. As such, Bourgeois, Kiefer, and Twombly are in many ways the last of the modernists. At the same time, their output serves as a sort of bridge, connecting the expressionistic tendencies of the 20th century to the neo-conceptual practices of the present. Through an extensive evaluation of surface and meaning, these three artists have each left an indelible mark in the art historical canon…. [read more]

Art Time Period -1910) Catches Essay

… It is actually probable that his mental state contributed to him adding more emotion to his paintings and turning them into art that can almost speak to individuals seeing it (Crispino 50).

In spite of the fact that the scene apparently displays the view from the hospital window in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, there are also a series of concepts that one could associate with his background. "In Starry Night, Van Gogh seems to be combining reality and imagination, and elements of Provence and his northern homeland" (Crispino 50). It is probable that the fact that he was cut off from his family, country, and artist friends contributed significantly to making him want to introduce his part into Starry Night. In addition to being physically isolated from his…. [read more]

Contemporary Art Research Proposal

… Art

Even in work as abstract and deconstructed as cubism, notes Steinberg, "where the Renaissance worldspace concept almost breaks down, there is still a harking back to implied acts of vision, to something that was once actually seen," (p. 82). Art is always rooted in the familiar and borrows from the world of nature. However, some artwork challenges the supremacy of verticality. As Steinberg points out, "opaque flatbed more depend on a head-to-toe correspondence with human posture than a newspaper does," (p. 83). Perhaps nowhere is the opaque flatbed horizontal more poignant than in the work of Robert Rauschenberg. In "Bed," for example, horizontal and vertical merge onto the wooden frame. Moreover, the subject matter directly evokes horizontality. A bed beckons the human body…. [read more]

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