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Lecture, 1980-2003

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  • 1. Contemporary Issues 1980 - 2003
  • 2. Term Presentation Agitprop Martha Rosler Bringing the War Home House Beautiful 1967-72 John Heartfield, The Meaning of the Hitler Salute , 1932
  • 3. The Representation of Politics vs. The of Representation Gran Fury, You’ve Got Blood on Your Hands , 1988 Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled , 1991
  • 4. Term Presentation Pastiche Julian Schnabel, Exile , 1980 http://www. youtube.com/watch?v =6JBAxkZun3s
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. Portraits of Family Life Carrie Mae Weems, from the Kitchen Table Series , 1990 http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =pPDInpNoO50
  • 8. Portraits of Community Roy DeCarava, from The Sweet Flypaper of Life , 1955
  • 9. 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
  • 10. The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/48511/detail/ Dave Chappelle, Racial Stereotype Pixies
  • 11. The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque Kara Walker, Camptown Ladies, 1998
  • 12.
    • 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
  • 13. The Politics of Identity: The Stereotypical Grotesque Gettysburg Cyclorama
  • 14. Disegno (Drawing) vs. Colorito (Color) Michelangelo, Madonna and Child Giorgione, The Tempest
  • 15. The Odalisque: Challenging Disegno Ingres Delacroix Renoir Matisse
  • 16. The Matrix (grid): Abstracting the Object The Grapheme: Abstracting the Subject Drawing in the 20 th Century Erasure: Abstracting Time Mondrian Pollock Kentridge
  • 17. 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
  • 18. William Kentridge Felix in Exile 1994 http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =vF5cngcXqSs
  • 19. 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
  • 20. 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
  • 21. Term Presentation The Sublime http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =I1jkoMfPa40 Douglas Gordon, 24 Hour Psycho (clip)
  • 22. Pictorial Photography Henry Peach Robinson, Fading Away , 1858, Albumen print
  • 23.
    • 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
  • 24. Art of the 21 st Century

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