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Contemporary Artists Power Point 1st Day

  1. 1. <ul><li>Artists are using their work to investigate issues important to our world. </li></ul><ul><li>Their work can express outrage or hope. </li></ul><ul><li>Contemporary art addresses current and historic ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Artists work to explore new technologies and media to create work that encourages critical thinking and visual literacy in our media-saturated society. </li></ul>Contemporary Art – Where is art today? <ul><li>Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation, ecology, and consumerism </li></ul><ul><li>Consumerism, pop culture, and you (greed) </li></ul><ul><li>Race, power, and identity </li></ul><ul><li>Activism, democracy, and influence </li></ul><ul><li>Nature and Man </li></ul>
  2. 2. Tim Noble and Sue Webster <ul><li>Shadow sculptures </li></ul><ul><li>At first this appears to be nothing but, when hit at the right angle, the trash forms perfect silhouettes </li></ul><ul><li>When lights are turned on, this again becomes a heap of junk </li></ul>Dirty White Trash (with Gulls), 1998, 6 months worth of the artists trash, 2 taxidermy seagulls, and a light projector
  3. 3. <ul><li>Like alchemists or magicians, they make something extraordinary out of the most humble materials </li></ul><ul><li>They create romantic images out of darkness and debris </li></ul>Wasted Youth , 2000, trash, McDonalds packaging, replica, food
  4. 4. Tim Noble and Sue Webster <ul><li>Evoke romantic dreams that transcend the squalor and bleakness of the streets that prosperity has not reached </li></ul>Sunset over Manhattan , 2003, tin cans
  5. 5. Tim Noble and Sue Webster Real Life Rubbish , 2002 Falling Apart , 2001
  6. 6. Chris Goodwin <ul><li>Social Commentary on our throw away culture </li></ul><ul><li>Interested in the secret history of objects </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m interested in being able to construct a story around someone’s life based on their refuse” </li></ul><ul><li>Trash becomes a social commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Both the trash ball machines and the blog where he posts and responds to the trash he’s found </li></ul>
  7. 7. Chris Goodwin In Washington D.C. Area
  8. 8. Takashi Murakami <ul><li>Blends pop, commercial, and high art (one step beyond Andy Warhol) </li></ul><ul><li>Created artwork for Louis Vutton and Kanye West </li></ul>
  9. 9. Takashi Murakami
  10. 10. Takashi Murakami Reversed Double Helix, 2003
  11. 11. <ul><li>Some art critics believe Koons work instructs viewers </li></ul><ul><li>shows visible symbols of what is wrong with contemporary American society </li></ul><ul><li>this was published in 1988 with Jackson trial verdict </li></ul><ul><li>sold at Sotherbys for $5,600,000 </li></ul>Jeff Koons b. 1955
  12. 12. Jeff Koons <ul><li>Pink Panther (1988) Porcelain </li></ul><ul><li>Has an acute understanding of the dynamics of consumer culture </li></ul><ul><li>Combines a magazine centerfold with a well-known cartoon character </li></ul><ul><li>From “Banality Show” that reinforces the trite and kitschy (cheap/tacky) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Jeff Koons <ul><li>In the early 1980’s – like Warhol and Duchamp, he exhibited common objects and made no attempt to manipulate the objects – represented commodity as the basis for society at large </li></ul><ul><li>Koons was actually a commodities broker (Wall Street) before turning to art </li></ul><ul><li>Believes postmodern culture is linked to consumerism </li></ul><ul><li>Called Neo-Pop or Post Pop </li></ul>
  14. 14. Jeff Koons Three Ball 50/50 Tank (1985) and Mozes, ( 1985)
  15. 15. Jeff Koons <ul><li>Rabbit (1986) Stainless steal </li></ul><ul><li>Shelter (1997) </li></ul>
  16. 16. Duane Hanson (1925-1996) <ul><li>Major sculptor of the Super Realist movement </li></ul><ul><li>Created life-like figures cast from live models in polyester resin, fiberglass, vinyl, or bronze </li></ul><ul><li>Outfitted with real hair glasses and clothing </li></ul><ul><li>Held up an unflattering mirror to American society’s work and leisure </li></ul><ul><li>The Shoppers (1976) are two garishly dressed consumers carrying bags with recent purchases </li></ul><ul><li>Their dazed expressions tell us that the material goods that are supposed to make the them happy clearly do not </li></ul>
  17. 17. Duane Hanson <ul><li>Duane Hanson concentrated on the naked fact of the subject, an astonishingly persuasive counterfeit of another human being as a fully realized physical presence.  When describing this sculpture Duane Hanson said: ‘I like the physical burdens this woman carries.  She is weighted down by all of her shopping bags and purchases, and she has become almost a bag herself.  She carries physical burdens – the burdens of life, of everyday living.  But initially, it’s quite a funny sculpture’. </li></ul><ul><li>Young Shopper (1973) </li></ul>
  18. 18. Duane Hanson <ul><li>Queenie can be understood on one level as the personification of all those resigned-looking women who drag their bodies around in pursuit of the mess created by the rest of us.  But we are made to confront the fact that such women, who are usually invisible and ignored, are not just faceless domestics. </li></ul><ul><li>Queenie II (1988) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Judy Chicago (b. 1939) <ul><li>Wanted to educate viewers about women’s role in history and the fine arts </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed to establish a respect for women and their art </li></ul><ul><li>Using crafting techniques (traditionally practiced by women – china painting and stitchery) </li></ul><ul><li>Originally conceived as a feminist Last Supper attended by 13 women as “honored guests” but in the course of her research the number expanded to 39 </li></ul>
  20. 20. Judy Chicago <ul><li>Triangular form of the table refers to the ancient symbol for both woman and goddess </li></ul><ul><li>Notion of dinner party alludes to women’s traditional role as homemakers </li></ul><ul><li>Among the invited guests are Georgia O’Keefe, Hatshepsut, Virginia Wolf, Sacagawea, and Susan B. Anthony </li></ul><ul><li>Each guest has eating utensils, a plate, and a goblet with imagery that reflects significant facts about her life and culture </li></ul><ul><li>Each plate incorporates the butterfly and vulva motif – butterfly was a symbol liberation and the vulva as the symbol of female sexuality </li></ul>
  21. 21. Judy Chicago Judy Chicago (American, b. 1939). The Dinner Party (Mary Wollstonecraft (Shelley) and Sojourner Truth place settings), 1974–79. Mixed media: ceramic, porcelain, textile. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Foundation, 2002.10. © Judy Chicago.
  22. 22. Kara Walker <ul><li>Uses images from historical textbooks to show how African American slaves were depicted during the Antebellum south </li></ul><ul><li>One foot is in the historical realism of slavery and the other in the fantastical space of the romantic novel </li></ul><ul><li>These works simultaneously seduce and implicate the audience </li></ul><ul><li>The show's title, &quot;My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love,&quot; points to the complexity of the black-white relationship. Her work has been criticized by other artists, intellectuals and collectors as exploiting stereotypes. Of mocking or aggravating the victim's suffering. And maybe she does. Is that unfair? Or tough love? </li></ul>Installation view of Kara Walker’s “My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love” at the Whitney Museum of Art (2007
  23. 23. Kara Walker <ul><li>Nightmarish yet fantastical images incorporate a cinematic feel </li></ul><ul><li>Uses the traditionally popular Victorian medium of sihouette and places it on the walls </li></ul><ul><li>The figures typically inflict violence on one another </li></ul>
  24. 24. Kako Ueda <ul><li>Paper exists in many cultures and normally is perceived as a craft medium. In Japan, where I was born, this medium is used in stencil making – to make patterns for kimono wear. </li></ul><ul><li>I am interested in organic beings – insects, animals, and human beings – how they are born out of nature but constantly being influenced and modified by culture. </li></ul>Memento Mori
  25. 25. Kako Ueda
  26. 26. Jenny Holzer <ul><li>Uses words and ideas in public spaces </li></ul><ul><li>Uses text as art </li></ul><ul><li>“ Truisms” are her most well-known work. Holzer has published her “truisms in a vairety of ways – street signs, posters, phone booths, and Times Square’s gigantic LED sign. </li></ul><ul><li>Her work makes profound statements about the world of advertising and consumer society. </li></ul>

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