09-15-08 Culture Wars (Armory Show and WWI)

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Armory Show and WWI Michael C. de Groot Culture Wars Lecture Notes 09-15-08 1. The Armory 1. General Information 1. Not expecting a lot of guest, so they gave generous honors – Sundays displayed the art. 2. Included Sloan and other Ashcan painter as well as French artist. 3. Shows remember not for American artistic contribution, but for the European exhibitions especially. 4. Each room hosted a different national, but sometimes several countries shared a room. 5. The show contained neoclassical and abstract sculptures 2. The Controversial yet Famous Paintings 1. The Red Madras Headdress, 1907, Henri Matisse 1. Although the painting was representational, the subject depiction shocked 1913 audiences. 1. Why: Unlike the Ashcan painters the figures totally composed and the stark background, a simple single color, provides no context. 1
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Armory Show and WWI 1. The artist believes its not about context but rather the play of colors and shapes 2. Geometry and color and lines overwhelm the important of everyday life, they overwhelms the context such as social problem and social interest 2. Through Art, one can reinvent the intimate partners with artistic vision. 1. The Club like Hands tells us the figure belongs to a different realm – a fantasy realm with pure colors and pure form. 1. The artist chose this stylistic deliberately choose to make a message 2
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Armory Show and WWI 2. Blue Nude, 1907, Henri Matisse 1. Description of the Imagine 1. The large masculine for figures look far from a woman 2. The both appears primitive as though a child, who does not understand how to draw the body, sketched the image. 3. The boniness of the butt seems distorted. 4. The club like features – both of the biceps and of the butt – seem to tear the image apart according to the critics. 2. Why Critics hated the imagine? 1. They thought the picture assaulted the basic notion of beauty. 1. There was fixation on the genitals and breast unlike conventional nudes 2. A lot of the unnatural bulges and disproportion render the imagine unattractive. 3. The use of colors seems very unnatural 3. The Artistic Techniques 1. Because the artist wants us the subject to pop-out at us, he doesn’t paint the woman to scale compared to the background which makes it difficult to make sense of the RELATIVE SCALE. 1. Its hard to tell how far she lies from the palm trees. 3. Figure Ground Relations 3
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Armory Show and WWI 1. All painting are fake, bits of color on a surface, but some are trying create a believable imagine so that audience might forget their look at a picture.
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