AMERICAN ARTIST

AMERICAN ARTIST - Painter who you think evokes the spirit...

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Painter who you think evokes the spirit of America in the 19 th century. Johns -‘the flat bed picture plane’ the picture no longer as a vertically oriented frame to look at or through as on to a natural scene, but as a horizontally worked site where different images might be brought together textually, a ‘flat documentary surface that tabulates information.’ The potential role of the common as an ambiguous term somewhere between the folk and the Pop is important to consider when looking at both Rauschenberg and Johns. ----both influenced by Duchamp who discovered common objects. Both made the foreground the central subject of their art, they did so in a period when the common had become ever more commodified, the ordinary ever more standard. Look Mickey “Featuring Disney characters Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, it shows the artist’s first use of dialogue balloons and his first painted rendering of the dot patterns created by the printer’s halftone plates for color separations (known as Ben Day dots). This was achieved on this occasion by applying them with a plastic-bristle dog-grooming brush dipped in oil paint. This tension between the traces of the artist’s hand, and creative intelligence, and his mimicking of the mechanically reproduced nature of the original sparked a heated debate among critics as to the status of these images as fine art.” Potential beginning Roy Lichtenstein and Jasper Johns evoke the spirit of America in the 19 th century due to their trivial appeal. Their lasting impression on art was formed by the art they produced which have common appeal, on the contrary their art contained their complex attitudes towards their subjects. Viewers could not easily establish their art as celebratory,
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