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    Lecture, 1980-2003 Lecture, 1980-2003 Presentation Transcript

    • Contemporary Issues 1980 - 2003
    • Term Presentation Agitprop Martha Rosler Bringing the War Home House Beautiful 1967-72 John Heartfield, The Meaning of the Hitler Salute , 1932
    • The Representation of Politics vs. The of Representation Gran Fury, You’ve Got Blood on Your Hands , 1988 Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled , 1991
    • Term Presentation Pastiche Julian Schnabel, Exile , 1980 http://www. youtube.com/watch?v =6JBAxkZun3s
    • 1990 - 2003: Art Reflects on its History
      • Intentional historicism
      • Return to traditional art forms
      • Revisionist approach (identity politics, questioning tenets of modernism)
      Sir Godfrey Kneller, Portrait of Major General Joseph Sabine , ca. 1700 Yinka Shonibare Untitled 1997
    • Race and its Representation
      • Shifting notions of the politics of identity
      • From essentialist and positive notions of identity (blackness, femininity, etc) to identity as a social construction
      • Complicates identity so that it cannot be easily categorized or stereotyped
      • Uses critique of documentary forms of racial representation, personal testimonies, ambiguous narratives, past art forms
      • Photo-conceptualism
      Adrian Piper, from The Mythic Being series 1972-76
    • Portraits of Family Life Carrie Mae Weems, from the Kitchen Table Series , 1990 http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =pPDInpNoO50
    • Portraits of Community Roy DeCarava, from The Sweet Flypaper of Life , 1955
    • Subversive Beauty: Troubling Typologies of Black Identity Lorna Simpson, Waterbearer , 1986 Vermeer, Young Woman with a Water Jug , 1665 Ellen Gallagher, Mr. Terrific from the DeLuxe series, 2005
    • The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48511/detail/ Dave Chappelle, Racial Stereotype Pixies
    • The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque Kara Walker, Camptown Ladies, 1998
      • Black-paper cutout silhouettes & projections on white gallery and museum walls
      • Inspired by fantasies of ante-Bellum South
      • Extreme caricatures of Black slaves & slave-owners
      • Depicts graphic subjects (sex, violence)
      • Revision of older art forms, the silhouette & the cyclorama
      The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque Kara Walker, Camptown Ladies, 1998 http://video.pbs.org/video/1237715781/ Silhouette of George And Martha Washington
    • The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque Gettysburg Cyclorama
    • Disegno (Drawing) vs. Colorito (Color) Michelangelo, Madonna and Child Giorgione, The Tempest
    • The Odalisque: Challenging Disegno Ingres Delacroix Renoir Matisse
    • The Matrix (grid): Abstracting the Object The Grapheme: Abstracting the Subject Drawing in the 20 th Century Erasure: Abstracting Time Mondrian Pollock Kentridge
    • Drawing & Time: From Deskilling to Re-skilling
      • Short film of animated charcoal drawings using erasure and stop-shoot technique
      • Felix in Exile (1994) one of many “drawings for projection”
      • Recurring characters & love triangle among Soho Ekstein (a mine-owner/capitalist), Felix Teitelbaum (an artist/self-portrait?), Mrs. Ekstein (wife of Ekstein)
      • Setting is Paris hotel room, Felix gazing into mirror at Nandi, a South African surveyor, looking back at him
      • The gaze
      • Apartheid ended in 1994
      William Kentridge, from Felix in Exile , 1994
    • William Kentridge Felix in Exile 1994 http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =vF5cngcXqSs
    • Palimpsest
      • Linear overlay of forms
      • Ancient process
      • Allegory of memory, time, history
      • Kentridge’s work a meditation on the fate of handicraft?
      • Drawing as obsolete among new technologies
      Ruffignac cave drawings ca. 14,000 BCE Robert Rauschenberg Erased de Kooning 1953
    • New Media
      • Minimalism & the “expanded field”
      • Extended into film and video installations
      • Made possible by technological advances in ’80s (projectors, etc)
      • Emphasis on viewer’s perception of the work in context (spectatorship), ultimately subjective
      • Reflects back on the viewer’s own body (sensations) immersed in a image-sound space
      • In many cases, activating (through movement and sound) traditional art & its subject matter (ecstasy, conversion)
      • Spiritual & religious meanings suggested by Viola’s work
      • Uses elements (fire, water) as allegories of transformation
      http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =fHqhaH6m9pY Bill Viola, The Crossing , 1996 http:// video.google.com/videoplay?docid =-4498864086957786589# Viola, Reflecting Pool , 1977-79
    • Term Presentation The Sublime http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =I1jkoMfPa40 Douglas Gordon, 24 Hour Psycho (clip)
    • Pictorial Photography Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away , 1858, Albumen print
      • Digital manipulation of photograph recalls mid-19 th century pictorial photography
      • Large color transparencies set in light boxes
      • Shift away from documentary photography
      • Questions the veracity of the image
      • Interest in pictorial composition, size & narrative aligns it with the history of figurative painting
      • To restore or make whole again the fractured image (broken up in collage, photomontage) in avant-garde art by returning to birth of avant-garde (Manet) & photography (mid-19 th century)
      • Shows homeless native Canadians in home town of Vancouver
      The Photographer of Modern Life Jeff Wall, Storyteller , 1986 Manet, Luncheon on the Grass 1863 “ a transgression against the institution of transgression” – Wall
    • Art of the 21 st Century