OVERVIEW: definitions of art/audiences for art (art in different times and places) if time permits, otherwise, view on Compass 2g
read posts by your classmates, pull out what you think are the 3 most interesting points— you don’t necessarily have to agree share what you found by typing into chat here and we will discuss some common ideas and possibilities that are emerging
only in one of these contexts is the Lego socially designated as “art”
Art is not an ontological, but a sociological property.
Art is not an ontological, but a sociological property. There is no quality inhering in the object itself that makes it art or non-art.
In any society, some objects are called ‘art,’ others are not. These designations are a matter of social tradition and convention. Such labels can change over time as a society’s values and preferences change.
It includes everything that art excludes: All the objects that are left out from consideration in the traditional fine arts (painting, sculpture, architecture) things made not for elite but ordinary audiences the role of vision in the production of knowledge/power technologies/enhancements of vision (for example, scientific and medical imaging)
AN INTERLINKED SYSTEM OF:•MONEY•PRESTIGE•IDEAS•FASHIONLet’s explore these one at a time.
AN INTERLINKED SYSTEM OF:•MONEY• Buyers and Sellers •private collectors •institutional collectors• Galleries• Auction Houses (resale market)
AN INTERLINKED SYSTEM OF:•MONEY•PRESTIGE •What artists receive shows in large museums? •What artists receive shows in galleries? •What artists are represented by major gallerists? •What artists are interesting to curators? •What artists are interesting to critics? •What artists are interesting to art historians and other intellectuals?
AN INTERLINKED SYSTEM OF:•MONEY•PRESTIGE•IDEAS •what artists are written about in mass-circulation newspapers and magazines? • what artists are written about by art critics in more specialized publications? • what artists are written about by scholars in highly specialized publications?
AN INTERLINKED SYSTEM OF:•MONEY•PRESTIGE•IDEAS•FASHION “who’s up/down, who’s in/out” “who’s pricey, or in demand?” “who’s the latest, coolest thing?”
Tobias Meyer, auctioneer at prestigious auction house Sotheby’s
Viewing a recentacquisition of Dali printsat the OglethorpeUniversity Art Museum,Atlanta, GA,Summer 2010
Anyone who has an interest, whether casual or devoted, in following theculture of contemporary art as it changes over time•Art students•Students in general•People in general who are interested inart or want to be culturally aware
Artist Thomas Struthhas made an ongoing series of photographs of people viewing and engaging with art in major museums and cultural sites around the world. In these works, the audience for art becomes the focus of attention.
Thomas StruthAt the Louvre 2, 198967 ½ x 53 ¼ inches* *Note the monumental size of this work. Why do you think the artist might print his photographs at such a large size?
Take some time to look at this photograph from the same series by photographer Thomas Struth. sentence 1—Write an overall descriptive sentence that points our the main features of this photograph to your reader. then a list, of at least 5 different ways you see people interacting (with the art and with each other) in this photograph. Be detailed! POST on Compass 2g, then PASTE into chat window here so we can all discuss.