February 9
Visual Elements

 

 

Jean-Michel Basquiat.  Untitled (Red Man).  1981.
Emmerling, Leonhard.  Basquiat.  Koln: Taschen, 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is this thing we call art?

 

 

Funerary Mask of Tutankhamen .  c. 1340 B.C.E.  Gold inlaid with enamel and semiprecious stones. Height 21 1/4".
http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/m/images/mask_tut.lg.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dictionary definition:
the quality, production or expression of what is beautiful, appealing or of more than ordinary significance

Mona Lisa

Leonardo. Mona Lisa. c. 1503.
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2005.

 
Exploring Art definition:
art is a primarily visual medium that is used to express ideas about our human experience and the world around us
 
Artforms definition:
the visual expression of an idea or experience formed with skill through the use of a medium
 
Art for Dummies definition:
art happens when anyone in the world takes any kind of material and fashions it into a deliberate statement
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do we consider this art?

 

 

Claude Monet. Impression: Sunrise. 1872.
Preble, Duane, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank. Artforms. Seventh ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still Life with Chair Caning

Pablo Picasso. Still Life with Chair Caning. 1911 - 12.
Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Gardner's Art Through the Ages. (Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996) Tenth ed., 1049.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird in Space

Constantin Brancusi. Bird in Space. 1928?
Preble, Duane, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank. Artforms. Seventh ed. Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2002.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pyramid of the Sun

People on the Pyramid of the Sun
Stuart, George E. "The Timeless Vision of Teotihuacan." National Geographic. December 1995: 2 - 35.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yoko Ono. Cut Piece. 1965.
Newhall, Edith. "A Long and Winding Road." ARTnews. October 2000: 162 -165.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fountain

Marcel Duchamp. Fountain. 1917.
Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams Inc., 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

Piss Christ

Andres Serrano. Piss Christ. 1987.
Hirsch, Robert. Seizing the Light: A History of Photography. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purposes and Functions of Art
Art for Communicating Information
Art for Day-to-Day Living
Art for the Spirit
Art for Personal Expression
Art for Social and Political Purposes
Art for Visual Delight

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sacrificial Scene

Sacrificial scene. Maya. 850-1050 AD.
Romey, KristinM. "Watery Tombs." Archaeology. July/August 2005: 44.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Degikup

Degikup. By Louisa Keyser. Washo. 1904 - 1906.
Penney, David W. North American Indian Art. New York: Thames and Hudson, 2004.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caravaggio. The Conversion of St. Paul. 1601.
Duane Preble, Sarah Preble and Patrick Frank, Artforms. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2002. 6th ed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stonehenge

Stonehenge. Wiltshire, England. c. 2000 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vir Heroicus Sublimis

Barnett Newman. Vir Heroicus Sublimis. 1950-51. approx. 8' X 18'

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gentileschi Self Portrait as the Allegory of Painting

Artemisia Gentileschi. Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting. 1638-39.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oath of the Horatii

Jacques-Louis David. Oath of the Horatii. 1784 - 85.

Stokstad, Marilyn. Art History. Revised Second ed. Vol. 2. New York: Prentice Hall Inc., and Harry N. Abrams, 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yurie Nagashima.  Untitled.  2001.
Globral Feminisms catalog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

Liza Lou. Kitchen. 1991 - 94.
Ollman, Leah. "Liza Lou’s American Dream." Art in America. June 1998: 98-101 & 122.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Categories of Visual Art

 

Signboard of Gersaint

Jean-Antoine Watteau. The Signboard of Gersaint. c. 1721.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fine art = category of refined objects considered to be among the supreme cultural achievements of the human race

 

Pieta

Michelangelo. Pietà. c. 1500.
Richard G. Tansey & Fred S. Kleiner. Gardner's Art Through the Ages. Tenth ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 1996.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popular culture = consists of magazines, comics, television, advertising, folk art, tattoos, custom cars, graffiti, video games, posters, web sites, toys, movies.  Popular art is perceived as being more accessible, inexpensive, entertaining, naïve, and entertaining than fine art

 

Thomas Kinkade.  Mountain Retreat.
http://www.guestlife.com/media/GuestLife/Monterey-Bay/Annual-2006/Thomas-Kinkade/kinkade-2-06.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitsch = an object from consumer culture that is mass produced, low in quality or done in what is considered to be poor taste

 

C.M. Coolidge.  His Station and Four Aces. 1903.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Hisstationand4aces-coolidge.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craft = often a utilitarian object that has a decorative aesthetic that goes beyond its practical purpose.  Objects made of glass, woven fiber, wood and ceramic are often considered crafts.

 

Mike Kelley. More Love Hours Than Can Ever Be Repaid. 1987.
http://www.pbs.org/art21/slideshow/?slide=834&artindex=167

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Arcadian Shepherds

Elaine Reichek. ET IN ARCADIA EGO .  2006.
Artforum.  November 2006.  p. 80.

Nicolas Poussin. The Arcadian Shepherds. c. 1638.
Fred S. Kleiner and Christin J. Mamiya, Gardner's Art Through the Ages. Twelfth ed. Vol. 1. Fort Worth: Harcourt Brace College Publishers, 2005. 2 vols.

 

 

 

 

 

 

to look = to be aware of something in a purely mechanical way
 
to see = to become aware through the senses, and to understand through that awareness