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Unformatted text preview: 1/18/2011 What is Art? • Definition is broadening • Communication • Tells stories/history • “Cabbage Leaf Photo”; Edward Weston; 1931; Silver Gelatin Photo; Fine Art Print Collection Art as Beauty • “Birth of Venus”; Botticelli; Venus vs. Goya; “Chronos Devouring One of His Children” • Context Art as Self Expression • “Starry Night” Art As Religious Meditation • “Creation” Michelangelo Art As Representation of Reality (real events) • Photo of people on boat Conceptual Art • Photo of chair with a picture and words hanging on either side of it • “Fountain” • Requires skill 1/20/2011 Art That Doesn’t Represent Reality • Film • TV Who Decides What Is Art? • The Artist • People who appreciate art (the viewer) • Art dealers • Museums and galleries • The art itself • Art critics Art and Culture/Politics • Mural in Mexico to create national identity Art and Economy as Commodity • Van Gogh “Wheat Field and Cypress Trees” • Monetary value Art and Everyday Life • Aztec Plate Art as Therapy • To reduce physical and physiological pain Artwork: photo, painting, ceramics, sculpture, architecture, ready- made, drawing, performance, installation Artist Audience: dealers, collectors, historians, and critics Space: museum, gallery, street, shops, etc. Materials Tools Ideas, skill, knowledge, passion The Making of Meaning and Interpretation of Art • Style : characteristic visual features/subject matter/medium associate with a culture, time and place, group of artists, or individual artists; different between cultures • Meaning/content : what a work is about o Not necessarily physical; refers to meaning o What you get out of the artwork/conclude about it • Form: visual characteristics, the way a work of art looks o Consistency shows style of artist • Subject matter : objects or events depicted o Excludes colors, lines, and light that is form • Iconography: identifying, describing, and interpreting subject matter o What do colors, lines, light, etc. represent at that time in that culture • Context: life of the maker, tradition the work of art comes from, occasion the work is made for, etc. In sum, all connections the work of art has in relation to the larger world of human culture o When, why, how, and for whom it was produced. 1/25/2011 • If a paintings visual characteristic is different, that means that they are of different styles. o One is clear and one is fuzzy/blurred (abstract) o Different brushstrokes • Subject matter o P. 40 (text) Jan Van Eyck; Arnolfini Double Portrait , 1434 Pregnant (possibly) woman and man; engagement picture because of hand gestures; Mysterious; still debate about what it is about One of the first oil paintings (oil on wood) Lots of icons in the details: rosary, broom, shoes, dog, fruit • Interpreting works of art o Subject matter+medium+form+context=meaning o Allows for multiple interpretations o Interpretations aren’t so much right as more or less reasonable, convincing, informative, and enlightening o...
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This note was uploaded on 02/21/2011 for the course ARTS 2000 taught by Professor Broome during the Spring '07 term at UGA.
- Spring '07