American Art, 1970 to Present


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American Art, 1970 to Present

  1. 1. Art Since 1970 <ul><li>postmodernism : a reaction against modernist formalism , seen as elitist . Far more encompassing and accepting than the more rigid confines of modernist practice, postmodernism offers something for everyone by accommodating a wide range of styles, subjects, and formats, from traditional easel painting to installation and from abstraction to illusionism . Postmodern art often includes irony or reveals a self-conscious awareness on the part of the artist of art-making processes or the workings of the art world. </li></ul><ul><li>-from Gardner’s Art Through the Ages </li></ul>
  2. 2. Art Since 1970 <ul><li>Themes & Styles: </li></ul><ul><li>Appropriation (pastiche) </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-media works </li></ul><ul><li>Blurring of boundaries between high vs. low </li></ul><ul><li>Self-consciousness </li></ul><ul><li>Deconstruction (destabilizing meaning) </li></ul><ul><li>Socio-political nature </li></ul><ul><li>Inclusiveness & </li></ul><ul><li>individuality </li></ul>Kehinde Wiley Napoleon Leading the Army over the Alps, 2005, oil, American Jacques-Louis David Napoleon Crossing the St. Bernard Pass , 1801, oil, French Painting is about the world that we live in. Black men live in the world. My choice is to include them. This is my way of saying yes to us. -Kehinde Wiley
  3. 3. Site-specific Art ROBERT SMITHSON, Spiral Jetty, 1970 http:// =vCfm95GyZt4
  4. 4. Feminist Art JUDY CHICAGO, The Dinner Party, 1979. Fig. 15-21. CINDY SHERMAN, Untitled Film Still #35, 1979. Fig. 15-22.
  5. 5. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your Gaze Hits the Side of My Face ), 1981 Photo/collage, fig.15-23 Ingres, Grande Odalisque , 1814, oil Fig.12-3 Feminist Art
  6. 6. Social and Political Art FAITH RINGGOLD, Who’s Afraid of Aunt Jemima? 1983. Fig. 15-26.
  7. 7. Performance & Conceptual Art JOSEPH KOSUTH, One and Three Chairs, 1965. Fig. 15-41. JOSEPH Beuys, How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare , 1965, fig. 15-41
  8. 8. Architecture FRANK GEHRY, Guggenheim Bilbao Museo, 1997. Fig. 15-37.
  9. 9. New Media Bill Viola, The Crossing 1996, video/sound Fig. 15-43 http:// =fHqhaH6m9pY
  10. 10. Final Exam Review: Comparative Essay <ul><li>What are the individual characteristics of </li></ul><ul><li>each work in terms of style & subject? </li></ul><ul><li>How do they relate to the particular historic, </li></ul><ul><li>artistic and cultural contexts in which they were </li></ul><ul><li>made? </li></ul><ul><li>With what artistic movements are they associated? </li></ul><ul><li>Why compare the two art works? What are their similarities & differences? </li></ul>
  11. 11. #1 Gustave Courbet, The Stone Breakers , 1849 Dorothea Lange Migrant Mother 1936
  12. 12. #2 Nail figure (nkisi n’kondi) ca. 1875–1900. Fig. 20-13. Ancestral screen (nduen fobara) Kalabari Ijaw late 19th century Fig. 20-1.
  13. 13. SUZUKI HARUNOBU, Evening Bell at the Clock, Edo period, ca. 1765. Fig. 18-16. #3 MARY CASSATT, The Bath, ca. 1892, Fig. 13-6.
  14. 14. #4 Rodin, Burghers of Calais , 1884-89, bronze, Fig. 13-18 Maya Lin, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Washington, D.C. 1981-83, fig.15-34