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  • 1. Art 271
    Ch. 20 Conceptualism and Activist Art
  • 2. Reminder: Due Dec. 3rd (Thurs)
    MAG Museum Papers
    EXAM 5
    Also, please note: Take Guerilla Girls off of your syllabus. We will not cover them.
  • 3. Review: Art Movement: Assemblage (also called Neo-Dada)
    Mixed media emerges
    Emphasis on everyday surroundings for subject matter
    Create their works from the “refuse” of modern society
    Artists: Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns
    Influences: Composer John Cage, Artist Marcel Duchamp (Dada)
  • 4. Review: Art Movement: Happenings
    Approach: Ephemeral works; chance; mixed media
    **Audience is necessary to “activate” the work of art
    Influenced by:
    John Cage
    Dadaism (Duchamp)
    Action Painting
    Artist: Allan Kaprow
  • 5. Review: Art Movement: Pop Art (1960s)
    Backdrop was rise of consumer culture/ advertising/ celebrity
    Pop Art was the union of art and popular culture. They embraced mass culture, commercialism, consumerism.
    British Pop Art came first: Richard Hamilton
    American Pop Art: Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol
  • 6. Review: Minimalism
    Use of industrial materials
    Interest in viewer’s physical space
    Focus on artwork as a physical object
    Artists: Donald Judd, Frank Stella, Richard Serra
  • 7. Conceptual Art
    An art about ideas. The idea is the work of art.
    Any painting, sculpture, drawing, print, photograph, or building created in response to that idea is simply a piece of documentation, a record of aesthetic expression as opposed to aesthetic expression itself.
    Sometimes no object at all, only words
    Influence of Marcel Duchamp - making art should be a mental, not a physical activity
    Attempt to be free from consumerism
    Artist: Joseph Kosuth
  • 8. 22-1, Joseph Kosuth, One and Three Chairs, 1965, Wood folding chair, photo of chair, and photographic enlargement of dictionary definition of chair
  • 9. Performance Art and Video
    Many Conceptual artists used their bodies as an artistic medium
    They engaged in activities or performances they considered works of art
    Like Conceptual art, attempt to make art outside the commercial system
    Produced no saleable artwork unless the artist’s activity was recorded on film or video
    Artists: Bruce Nauman, Nam June Paik
  • 10. 22-15, Bruce Nauman, Self-Portrait as a Fountain, 1966-67. Color photo
  • 11. 22-16, Bruce Nauman, Violins, Violence, Silence, 1981-82. Neon Tubing
  • 12. 22-13, Nam June Paik, TV Bra for Living Sculpture, (Worn by Charlotte Moorman), 1969
  • 13. Body Art
    A form of Performance Art
    Often induced a forced intimacy between the performer and the audience, with results that could be amusing, poetic, shocking, or make viewers uncomfortable
    Artist: Chris Burden
  • 14. 22.22, Chris Burden, Shoot, 1971
  • 15. Feminist Art
    When: late 1960s/early 1970s
    Where: Primarily Great Britain & the U.S.
    The counterculture of the 1960s inspired new social analysis & questioning.
    Not a style; a revolutionary value system (What was radical: the content, not the forms).
    Feminist artists prioritized experience and meaning over form and style
    A movement within art history that addresses gender issues
    Artists: CaroleeSchneemann, Hannah Wilke, Ana Mendieta, Judy Chicago
  • 16. 22.18, CaroleeSchneemann, Interior Scroll, 1975, Photo of Performance
  • 17. 22.19, Hannah Wilke, S.O.S. Starification Object Series, 1974-82. Mixed Media.
  • 18. 22.20, Ana Mendieta, Untitled, from Fetish series, 1977. Color photo on paperboard
  • 19. 22.29, Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party, 1974-79, Brooklyn Museum of Art
  • 20. Detail of Place Setting, ‘Mary Wollstonecraft’, Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party