Unformatted text preview: h Moodle. More detailed information on the submission process will be provided in class. The questions will be graded and are worth 10% of your final grade. We (the TAs and myself) will select the best (smartest) questions from the pool submitted, and those who wrote them will get a chance to ask their questions in person during the panel discussionon Wed., Nov. 14. Can everybody be an artist? Can everybody be an artist? Is the purpose of art to Is the purpose of art to imitate nature? What is Art?
What is Art? What is Art?
What is Art? What is art?
Entire books written filled with definitions of art by more or less famous people
Notion of art difficult to define (more true than ever in the 20th and 21st centuries)
Form of communication that uses a visual vocabulary
Objective of this class: Lending a voice to the work of art, make it speak Semantic Nuances
Semantic Nuances The Arts: A comprehensive term describing creative activities, including (but not limited to) music, theater, writing, movie making, etc. Visual or Fine Arts: Painting, sculpture, printmaking, etc., the focus of this class A work of art, an artwork, artworks, etc. are fine expressions to use
In general, the more precise the expression, the better: fresco, canvas, bronze, etc.
NEVER use the expression “piece” or “piece of art” when referring to a work InterDisciplinary Approach
InterDisciplinary Approach By definition, communicating about art requires interdisciplinary thinking: Art
Intellectual History/History of Ideas (e. g. Evolution of Science)
Technological Innovations, etc. The Origins of Creativity
The Origins of Creativity Relationship ManNature
Sexuality and Sexual Drives (Freudian theory)
Display of power and authority
Demarcation of hierarchies and social rank
Capturing the magnificence or greatness of human existence
Vanity of the artists or art patron, display of the technical prowess of the maker The Origins of Creativity
The Origins of Creativity Pursuit of human perfection/beauty (classical antiquity/Renaissance)
Ability to create records and to tell narratives in the absence of written language
Interrelation of the above
Universal urge to create (and to appreciate what others have created) defines us as human beings and sets apart from animals (akin to ability to act in a planned/premeditated manner) Multiple Approaches to Multiple Approaches to Analyzing Art Materiality of Art: Choice of artistic medium (pl. media)
Art History: Academic discipline concerned with the historical contexts of works of art
Aesthetics: Subdiscipline of Philosophy concerned with the nature of how we process and assess what we perceive; originally, aesthetics tried to define the nature of beauty
Form versus Content (iconography)
Artistic influences Contexts for a Work of Art
Contexts for a Work of Art Spatial context (relationships of scale, sitespecific or nonsite specific art)
Social context (art as a rhetorical or propaganda vehicle, art that is...
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- Spring '07
- Buon fresco, Robert Williams, Ca., (Fresco Secco)