LVA 2450 Notes for Final Paper

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LVA 2450 Notes for Final Paper 1. The Critical Performance Norman Lewis is an African American artist who was “part of the Harlem’s 306 Group which encouraged emerging African American artist” (MFA label). Especially during 1960 – 1964 when this art piece was drawn, it was the very particular moment of the Civil Rights moment with so much intensity in America. With the pressure of being an African American in a white men dominated society that is full of discrimination, Lewis created this abstract painting to express his feelings. Bright color from the center and the free spontaneous flow First a artiest to explore abstract expression Marks can be clusters of people Abstraction refers to the crowd versus individuals: political 1930: Part 1 Description The first thing that caught my attention was the huge black mark in the middle. However, several smaller black marks surrounding it spontaneously also guided me to look around the whole painting. It is also visible that the center of the painting is brighter with more white paint. Taking a closer look at the painting, I can see the multiple layers of paints overlapping one another. Part 2 Formal Analysis - Reason why the art was made o Private art o Political purpose: civil rights movement - Visual elements o Line: vertical lines, actual lines o Shape Black marks in the middle creates an invented shape (non representative) Vertical lines create a dynamic sense of motion (but why) Soft edged as they don’t have clear edge lines o Color
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Hue: purple, black, blue, red, Saturation
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