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  1. 1. ARTISTS DISCUSSED IN ARTS 102 – FALL 2013 Dr. Stephanie Danker
  2. 2. Janine Antoni Creates performance art, sculpture, and photography, often using the whole body or different parts of it, such as the mouth, hair, eyelashes, and brain as tools. Works focus mostly on process and the transitions between the making and finished product. Two examples of works are Lick and Lather (1993) (top left, made from chocolate and lard); and Touch (2002) (bottom left, video installation)
  3. 3. Cindy Sherman Widely recognized as one of the most influential contemporary artists, this art explores construction of identity and nature of representation. She works as her own model, also acting as photographer, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist. The Untitled Film Stills (1977-80) are perhaps her best-known series.
  4. 4. Nikki S. Lee Most noted work, Projects (19972001) depicts the artist in snapshot photographs, posing with various ethnic and social groups, including drag queens, punks, swing dancers, senior citizens, Latinos, hip-hop musicians and fans, skateboarders; she investigates notions of identity.
  5. 5. Kehinde Wiley New York-based portrait painter, who is known for highly naturalistic paintings of contemporary urban African, African-American, AfroBrazilian, Indian and EthiopianJewish men in heroic poses.
  6. 6. Karen Ann Myers Charleston, SC-based portrait painter. This artist’s ornate paintings explore our obsession with beauty through elaborate renderings of patterns, textures, and figures. “I am investigating the psychological complexity of women....through intimate observations in the bedroom. The work is inspired by the cult of beauty in contemporary mass media.”
  7. 7. Brian Ulrich Contemporary photographer known for photographic exploration of consumer culture; seeks to reveal social illusions through photographic scrutiny. Chicago, Illinois (Cell), 2003
  8. 8. JeongMee Yoon Contemporary artist and photographer who created The Pink and Blue Projects, exploring preferences among children from diverse cultures. Dayuen and Her Pink Things, 2007
  9. 9. Hank Willis Thomas Contemporary African American visual artist and photographer whose primary interests are race, advertising and popular culture. Left: Branded Head (2003)
  10. 10. Carrie Mae Weems This artist’s photographs and films focus on serious issues that face African-Americans today, such as racism, gender relations, politics and personal identity. Kitchen Table series, Constructing History series.
  11. 11. Mel Chin Conceptual visual artist that is motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances. Alchemy, botany, and ecology are a few of the disciplines that intersect in this work. Fundred project, where kids create Fundred dollar bills meant to symbolically exchange with Congress to fund cleaning up soil contamination / lead poisoning in New Orleans.
  12. 12. Naomi Natale Installation artist, photographer, and social activist. Founder and director of the Cradle Project, a fundraising art installation designed to publicize the plight of 48 million children orphaned by disease and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Director of One Million Bones, recognizing the millions of victims killed or displaced by ongoing atrocities in Burma, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan.
  13. 13. Alfredo Jaar Artist, architect, and filmmaker. "A million people were killed under the criminal indifference of the world.” This artist reminds us of the importance of images and the media in general. A decade of his work has been dedicated to representing the Rwandan genocide in 1994: ways to educate, aid others in empathizing, and criticizing the media’s insensitive and irresponsibility.
  14. 14. Ai Weiwei Contemporary artist, active in sculpture, installation, architecture, curating, photography, film, and social, political and cultural criticism. Coca Cola Vase (1997). Vase from Neolithic Age (5000 – 3000 BCE) and paint
  15. 15. Banksy England-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti done in a distinctive stenciling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.
  16. 16. JR Photographer and street artist who posts large black-and-white photographic images in public locations. His work combines art and action and deals with commitment, freedom, identity and limits.
  17. 17. Moose One of the first street artists to make an art piece using the reverse graffiti technique. The mural he created by power washing stenciled areas in a San Francisco tunnel showed indigenous trees that would have been living in the area before the tunnel was built.
  18. 18. Scott Wade Creates amazingly detailed and shaded subtractive drawings using car windows coated with dirt. His works are realistic in nature and are often inspired by pictures, images from pop culture or recreations of famous artworks from history. He travels to different places making his images and has been referred to as the Dirty Car Artist and the DaVinci of Dust.
  19. 19. Jason deCaires Taylor Sculptor specializing in the creation of contemporary underwater sculptures which over time develop into artificial coral reefs.
  20. 20. Adrienne Salinger This photographer is fascinated with the spaces in which people live, including a series of work entitled, Teenagers in Their Bedrooms. The photographs are paired with interviews of the subjects, showing the disparity between what people say about themselves and what the photograph seems to reveal. The artist thus questions the axiom that a picture tells a thousand words.
  21. 21. Sally Mann Photographer, best known for large black-and-white photographs—at first of her young children, then later of landscapes suggesting decay and death.
  22. 22. Tilda Swinton Academy Award-winning actress who also moonlights as a performance artist, including The Maybe at MoMA, where she sleeps in the middle of the museum in a glass box.
  23. 23. Tom Marioni This artist has been experimenting at the boundaries of art for forty years. Free beer salons are part of an ongoing gathering and "social sculpture" series that has been a fixture in the Bay Area art scene since 1970. The title of this conceptual work (pictured at left) is The Act of Drinking Beer with Friends is the Highest Form of Art.
  24. 24. Marina Abramović Artist who works in sound pieces, video works, installations, photographs, solo performances, and collaborative performances; she is referred to as the “Grandmother of performance art.” The work discussed in class was a 736-hour performance called The Artist is Present, where she sat across from individuals and stared at them without speaking.
  25. 25. Jeff Koons Blends concerns and methods of Pop, Conceptual, and appropriation art with craft-making and popular culture to create his own unique iconography, often controversial. Some themes he explores in his work are contemporary obsessions with sex and desire; race and gender; and celebrity, media, commerce, and fame. He hires artisans and technicians to make the actual works.
  26. 26. Damien Hirst English assemblage, painter, and conceptual artist whose deliberately provocative art addresses vanity and beauty, death and rebirth, and medicine, technology, and mortality. Also known for Spot paintings (19862011); sees art as the conception of the idea, not the execution of the work.
  27. 27. Félix González-Torres Combining forms of Minimal art with strategies of Conceptual art, this artist employs materials as disparate as stacks of paper, strings of light, piles of candy, and lines of text, believing that “meaning is created once something can be related to personal experience.” Many of his works address themes of loss and renewal.
  28. 28. Robin Rhode Working predominantly with everyday material like charcoal, chalk and paint, this artist started out creating performances that are based on his own drawings of objects that he interacts with. He expanded and refined this practice into creating photography sequences and digital animations. These works have an interdisciplinary approach and bring together performance, film, drawing and photography.
  29. 29. Dawoud Bey Photographer renowned for his large-scale color portraits of adolescents and other often marginalized subjects. The work we looked at in class was from The Chicago Project, where he took portraits of urban students and recorded their stories on audio, which could be played while looking at their portraits.
  30. 30. Brian Jungen Canadian artist from British Columbia with Swiss and Dunne-za First Nations ancestry. He uses mass-produced goods to make sculptures that are simultaneously fake and authentic, playful and political, common and extraordinary. He charges ordinary, useful objects with layers of meaning, exploring and transgressing the boundaries of what they had been and what they’ve become, riffing on Indian imagery, pop culture, consumerism, and obsession in the process.
  31. 31. Edgar Heap of Birds Native American artist whose work includes multi-disciplinary forms of public art messages, large scale drawings, acrylic paintings, prints, and monumental porcelain enamel on steel outdoor sculpture. In class we looked at Most Serene Republics, an installation of signs (part of the Venice Biennale 2007) honoring Native Americans who died in Europe.

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