May 18
Ideas & Materials

 

 


Claes Oldenburg. Dual Hamburgers. 1962.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pop Art was just one reaction against the self-absorbed
quality of Abstract Expressionism

 

Donald Judd.  Untitled.  1968.

Many artists rejected paint all together in the 60s and 70s
because they felt it had lost its relevancy
1966 Lucy Lippard explained that there was a growing
tendency toward"the dematerialization of the art object"
 
 
Minimalism = a nonrepresentational style of sculpture and painting, usually severely restricted in the use of visual elements and often consisting of simple geometric shapes or masses.
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Die

Tony Smith. Die. 1962. 6 X 6 X 6 ft.
Marzona, Daniel.  Minimal Art.  Koln:  Taschen, 2004.

Characteristics of Minimalist Sculpture:
Serial repetition of geometric forms
Manufactured
Industrial, commercially available materials
Focus on the material rather than metaphor
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steel Magnesium Plain

Carl Andre. Steel Magnesium Plain. 1969. 6 X 6 ft.
Marzona, Daniel.  Minimal Art.  Koln:  Taschen, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andy warhol.  Marilyn Diptych.  1962.

Steel Magnesium Plain

Carl Andre. Steel Magnesium Plain. 1969. 6 X 6 ft.
Marzona, Daniel.  Minimal Art.  Koln:  Taschen, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Conceptualism = an art form in which the originating idea and the process by which it is presented take precedence over a tangible product.  Conceptual works often only exist as a description of mental concepts or ideas.
 
Conceptual art is "made to engage the mind of the viewer rather than his eye or emotions." - Sol Le Witt
Sol LeWitt.  Wall Drawing #1166 Light to dark (scribbles) and #1167 Dark to Light (scribbles).  July 2005.
http://www.artcritical.com/DavidCohen/SUN109.htm

 

 

 

 

 

 

One and Three Chairs

Joseph Kosuth. One and Three Chairs. 1965.
Preble, Duane, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank. Artforms. Seventh ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002.

 

 

art represents the world
art is a re-presentation of the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lightning Field

Walter De Maria. The Lightning Field, New Mexico. 1977.

Working under the influence of Minimalism and Conceptualism, artists began to create works that were inseperable from the sites for which they were designed.  In site-specific works, the artist's sensitivity to the location determines the composition, scale, medium, and even the content of each piece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earthworks = (a.k.a. Land art) form of art which came to prominence in the late 60s and 70s primarily concerned with the natural environment. Materials such as rocks, sticks, soil, and plants are commonly used, and the works frequently exist in the open and are left to change and erode under natural conditions.

Spiral Jetty

Robert Smithson. Spiral Jetty. 1970.

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Turrell.  Roden Crater.  Begun 1972.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pont Neuf Wrapped

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The Pont Neuf Wrapped, Paris. 1975 - 85.

 

"Christo works an average of 17 hours a day - 7 days a week. Jeanne-Claude is a bit more lazy - only 12 to 13 hours a day. They do not take vacations." - www.christojeanneclaude.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running Fence

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California. 1972 - 76.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Running Fence

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Running Fence, Sonoma and Marin Counties, California. 1972 - 76.
Baal-Teshuva, Jacob.  Christo and Jeanne-Claude.  Koln:  Taschen, 2001.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Gates

Christo and Jeanne-Claude. The Gates, Central Park, New York. 1979 - 2005.
Baal-Teshuva, Jacob.  Christo and Jeanne-Claude.  Koln:  Taschen, 2001.