AH 54: Modern Art
Tips on Writing a Formal Analysis Paper
I. A paper must have an introduction, body, and conclusion.
Introduction: Must mention titles, artists, and years of the works youre going to
discuss. Whats your main point(s)/argument? Say it conc
Paper Assignment 1: Formal Analysis / Painting
For this first assignment, you must visit a major museum collection in the Los Angeles area
(LACMA, the Hammer Museum, the Getty, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, etc.) and
WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES: ART HISTORY
Producing an art history paper involves, for many students, a modification not only in
their way of writing, but also in their way of seeing. This realization may cause a certain
amount of anxiety at first, but you
AH 54: MODERN ART
Essential Terms for Formal Analysis
Art has two components: form and content.
Form: line, shape, color, texture, spatial qualities, composition.
Content: the subject matter and ideas expressed in a work of art.