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  • Themes of Art
  • The following powerpoint starts where we left off on Monday Feb.4th
  • Looking Outward:The Here and Now
  • The social order, the world of the sacred, andhistorical stories are all very important and grandiosethemes.But work that stops to just look around at the world,the people in it and the everyday exchanges betweencurrent people and places are also equally importantthemes.
  • Model depicting the counting of livestock, from the tomb of Meketre Painted wood
  • Georges Seurat, Bathers at Asnieres (1883-84) Oil on canvas
  • Robert Rauschenberg, Windward (1963) Oil and silkscreened ink on canvas
  • Raghubir Singh, A family, Kamathipura, Mumbai, Maharastra (1977)
  • Artwork that reflects the here and now are often usedlater as visual clues to show how a particular culturefunctioned and highlight the politics and socialissues of that era.In a sense they become important artifacts of thattime and help us to better understand theiriconography.
  • Looking Inward:The Human Experience
  • When looking at different cultures during any era orlocation on the planet, we share certain experiences,just by virtue of being human.*We are all born, we all go through childhood, we mature intosexual beings, we search for love, we grow old, and we die. Weexperience doubt and wonder, happiness and anger, loneliness anddespair.
  • Meta Warrick Fuller, Talking Skull (1937) Bronze
  • Johannes Vermeer, Woman Holding a Balance (1664) Oil on canvas
  • Invention and Fantasy
  • Renaissance theorists linked painting to poetrybecause each had the ability to conjure a makebelieve world and fill it with people and events inour imaginations.Poetry had long been considered an art and the ideathat painting was comparable to it is one of thefactors that led to paintings being considered an artas well.
  • Heironymus Bosch, The Garden of Earthly Delights (1505-10) Oil on panel (Center panel)
  • Henri Rousseau, The Dream (1910) Oil on canvas
  • The Natural World
  • As humans we make our own environment. From thefirst tools of early humans to today’s toweringskyscrapers, we have shaped the world around us tofit our needs.This manufactured environment has its setting withinthe natural world. Nature and our relationship to itare themes that have often been addressed throughart.
  • Thomas Cole, The Oxbow (View of Mount Holyoke, North Hampton, Massachusetts, After a Thunderstorm.) (1836) Oil on canvas
  • Wang Jian, White Clouds over Xiao and Xiang (1668) Hanging scroll, ink and color on paper
  • Nature has been more than a subject for art; it hasalso served as a material for art.The desire to portray landscapes has been matchedby the desire to create them for the pleasure of oureyes.
  • Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970) Rock, salt crystals, earth, algae Great Salt Lakes, Utah
  • Art and Art
  • Art is an activity we have come to pursue for its ownsake. As such, art can be its own theme, with noother purpose than to give visual pleasure or to poseanother answer to the ongoing question, “What isart?”
  • Jeff Wall, A Sudden Gust of Wind (after Hokusai) (1993) Transparency in lightbox
  • Hokusai, Ejira in Suruga Province, from Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fugi (1831) Polychrome woodblock print
  • Marcel Duchamp, L.O.O.Q. (1940)When the letters are pronouncedquickly in French it sounds like thesentence “she has a hot ass”.
  • “The simultaneous unmaking of one work and the creation of another.”Robert Rauschenberg, Erased deKooning Drawing (1953)