The latest question.

19 09 2011

Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup

No article to read this time, but rather another question to consider, and answer when you feel you have an answer.

How do I know when art is ‘good’?

This seems like a simple question, but it raises a number of other questions the longer you consider it. See what sort of an answer you can come up with, but feel free to also share any other questions that arise as you consider it.


The old made new again.

8 04 2010

Banksy - The Dunce

Remember when we looked at a Banksy piece or two before? Well, I thought it was time to pull up one of his pices as an example for what we are going to do next. The piece to the left is an homage to Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker, or perhaps a send-up, we won’t worry about that part now. What I like to think, is that Banksy took a piece that was weighty in meaning (originally named, The Poet, The Thinker is often used to represent Philosophy) and reimagined it with a more contemporary look, as well as a more contemporary meaning. 

Rodin - The Thinker

In essence, this is what I would like us to do next. To take a style (Rodin is considered the founder of “Modern Sculpture” for example (even thought the work is over 100 years old)) or even a period in the history of art. To study it, and then to reinterpret it into a contemporary context. This will require you to select one the periods or styles that I identify below. Research it, record the results of your research (in an aesthetically pleasing way of course) in your Investigation Workbook. Then you will, using your research as a guide reinterpret some meaningful piece of the past, in a way that resonates with your own life or views as an artist.
Here are the periods or styles you have to choose from, remember it’s first come first serve, no more than one artist to a style;
BCE and CE are academic versions of  BC and AD
  1. The Paleolithic Period. Also called the Old Stone Age, 35,000 BCE to 8000 BCE. 
  2.  Amarna Phase of Egypt’s New Kingdom. This is one small “deviant” period in Egyptian Art that lasted only 20 years, from 1370 BCE to 1350 BCE.
  3. Greek Art’s Classical Period. The “Golden Age” of Greek Art, 480 BCE to 323 BCE
  4. Byzantine Art. A style that expressed the “mysterious and mystical” nature of Eastern Christianity. 330 CE to 1453 CE
  5. Proto-Renaissance in Italy. 1250 CE to 1350 CE
  6. High Renaissance of the Sixteenth Century.
  7. Dadaism. Begun in Zurich in 1915 CE. WARNING: The more abstract the school, the harder the research and reinterpretation will be, not easier.
  8. Pop Art. as exemplified by the british in the ’50s and America in the ’60s.