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A series of brief introductions to contemporary art

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  1. 1. { CONTEMPORARY ART how to recognize it at a glance part one
  2. 2.  Addresses the viewer directly and in a fairly aggressive manner, whether with words, images, or a combination of the two.  Violates social norms, crossing implicit boundaries of politeness and decency.  Presents dissenting views of the dominant culture, including the perspectives of cultural “Others.”  Is composed of unconventional “non-art” materials as often as traditional artistic media.  Is large in size.  Expands beyond the confines of a single object to become a larger environment.  May not even be an object at all but more of an experience, situation, or interaction. quick checklist
  3. 3.  Shouts more often than whispers, using language to command, question, surprise, shock, or attack. verbal confrontation
  4. 4. Jenny HOLZER born 1950 http://www.interviewmagazine.com/art/jenny-holzer/#_
  5. 5. Jenny Holzer Truisms 1977-9
  6. 6. Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise (Truisms) Times Square Spectacolor Board, 1982
  7. 7. Click on this link for documentary footage on the Times Square signboard
  8. 8. Airplane Banner Truisms For New York City Oct.26 - Nov. 7 2004 Photo: Charlie Samuels Jenny Holzer, Abuse of Power Comes As No Surprise, printed on a T-shirt
  9. 9. Click for MoMA catalogue entry on the Truisms series.
  10. 10. Holzer had a retrospective (Jenny Holzer: PROTECT PROTECT) at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 2008-9 that then travelled to the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, in 2009. Roberta Smith, “Sounding the Alarm, in Words and Light,” March 13, 2009
  11. 11. Damage is done by the tacit understanding…, 1981, from the Living Series text on cast bronze plaque
  12. 12. Barbara KRUGER born 1945
  13. 13. Barbara Kruger Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face) 1981
  14. 14. Barbara Kruger Untitled (You invest in the divinity of the masterpiece) 1982
  15. 15. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your Manias Become Science), 1981
  16. 16. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your comfort is my silence) 1981
  17. 17. Barbara Kruger, Untitled (You Are Not Yourself) 1984
  18. 18. Barbara Kruger, 1989
  19. 19. Barbara Kruger, poster design for the Abortion Rights March, 1989
  20. 20. Read the Guggenheim’s account of Kruger’s career and artistic development.
  21. 21. Richard Hamilton, What Makes Today’s Homes So Different, So Appealing? 1956 Read about this collage, measuring only 9.75 x 10.25
  22. 22. { Why did words become so important in the art of Holzer and Kruger? What became possible within visual art by including words? And, where did this idea come from? Are there art historical precedents?
  23. 23. Hannah Höch Cut with a Kitchen Knife 1919-20
  24. 24. Roy Lichtenstein, Blam!, 1962
  25. 25. Andy Warhol Tunafish Disaster 1963
  26. 26. John Baldessari What Is Painting? 1968
  27. 27. John Baldessari, Tips for Artists, 1966-8
  28. 28. Mel Bochner, Language Is Not Transparent, 1969 Rubber stamp on four sheets of paper, 7.25 x 6.75 inches
  29. 29. Glenn LIGON Untitled: Four Etchings 1992 Portfolio of 4 etchings 25 x 17-1/4 inches Zora Neale HURSTON, "How It Feels to Be Colored Me," (1928) View the whole portfolio.
  30. 30. Lawrence Weiner, A 36″ x 36″ Removal to the Lathing or Support Wall of Plaster or Wallboard From a Wall, 1968
  31. 31. Lawrence Weiner, A Bit Beyond, 2007
  32. 32. Lawrence Weiner Offsides 2008
  33. 33. Christopher WOOL born 1955
  34. 34. Christopher WOOL artist's website
  35. 35. David HAMMONS born 1943
  36. 36. David Hammons, How ‘Ya Like Me Now, 1988 Information on the piece’s making and history

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