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High & Low in
American
Contemporary Art

ASP spring 2010
Dr. Lori Kent
LOW vs. HIGH
Unknown Artist (1999) Doge Dog (after Bellini)




                                                  Giovanni...
Clement Greenberg

1939. “Avante Garde and Kitsch”

Serious critics and artists must uphold the barrier between high and low 
culture. Kitsch...
Video
game
maker
Take‐Two

Interac3ve
So6ware

announced
be9er‐than‐
expected
earnings
on

Thursday
thanks
to

recording‐s...
DeKooning’s Women were 
inspired by images of Marilyn Monroe
Jackson Pollock had a fashionable public image.
The battle was lost…
h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGaBKpCfLdo
   h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1PRPbLqn_g&feature=related

Where are the boundaries?
Why does it matter?




                 Screeamingqueens.com
http://www.petermax.com/
Peter Max 
www.petermax.com/

h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punS9XAjMJ8

h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocii2sT8KTw&feature=related

















Music:
The
Chemical
Brothers,
Salmon
Dance

http://www.haring.com
http://www.pop-shop.com/
Keith Haring
1958 - 1990
http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/timburton/
Interview
with
Tim
Burton
on
the
Charlie
Rose
Show


http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/3995
Piortr Uklanski (1998) The Nazis
Jeff Koons
Jeff Koons at Palazzo Grassi, Grand Canal, Venice
Koons plucks images and objects from popular culture,
framing questions about taste and pleasure. His contextual
sleight-o...
No artist among cool "postmodernists" of
                                                       recent decades has flirted ...
h9p://jeeoons.com/

Jeff Koons (1990) Jeff in the Position of Adam
break
Andre the Giant
h9p://obeygiant.com/

AP
BOSTON
—
A
street
ar3st
famous
for
his
red,
white
and
blue
"Hope"

posters
of
President
Obama
has
been
arrested
on
warr...
Shepard Fairey
  at ICA Boston

h9p://www.icaboston.org/exhibi3ons/exhibit/fairey/

h9p://www.lehmannmaupin.com/

Red Grooms


The
Bookstore
(1978)

Red Grooms


Main
Concourse,
Grand
Central
Terminal

(1994)

Red Grooms


Grand
Central
Terminal

(1994)

Red Grooms


Underground
Plarorms

(1994)

Red Grooms


Train

(2007)

Daumier
(1863‐65)
The
Third
Class
Carriage

Rachel Harrison



                                                              Glamour
Wig
(2005)

h9p://www.saatchi‐gal...
Rachel Harrison (2004) Huffy Howler
Rachel Harrison (2006) Shelley Winter
Rachel Harrison (2006) Nice Rack
Rachel Harrison (2004) Buddha with Wall
Rachel Harrison (2007) If I did It
Rachel Harrison (2005) Nose
h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozubKHdprMI





Paul McCarthy
Kerry
James
Marshall
(

)
Be4er
Homes
and
Gardens

Oldenberg/van Bruggen
(2007) Big Sweep
Cecily Colbert (1996) Untitled
Lesley Vance (no date) Untitled
Best of the Whitney Biennial

h9p://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs‐and‐stories/2010‐02‐24/best‐of‐the‐whitney‐biennial/#galle...
High or really low?
h9p://www.cpbgroup.com/#cpb

High or Low?




h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GxSDZc8etg

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  1. 1. High & Low in American Contemporary Art ASP spring 2010 Dr. Lori Kent
  2. 2. LOW vs. HIGH Unknown Artist (1999) Doge Dog (after Bellini) Giovanni Bellini (1501) Doge Leonardo Loredan
  3. 3. Clement Greenberg

  4. 4. 1939. “Avante Garde and Kitsch” Serious critics and artists must uphold the barrier between high and low culture. Kitsch was defined as “popular, commercial art and literature with their chromeotypes, magazine covers, illustrations, ads, slick and pulp fiction, comics, tin Pan Ally music, tap dancing, Hollywood movies, etc, etc.” The problem with these things was a lack of authenticity. “Kitsch is mechanical and operates by formulas. Kitsch is vicarious experience and faked sensations. Kitsch changes according to style but remains always the same. Kitsch is the epitome of all that is spurious in the life of out times. Kitsch pretends to demand nothing of its customers except their money…”
  5. 5. Video
game
maker
Take‐Two
 Interac3ve
So6ware
 announced
be9er‐than‐ expected
earnings
on
 Thursday
thanks
to
 recording‐se?ng
sales
of
 Grand
The6
Auto
IV.
For
the
 second
quarter
ended
April
 30,
net
profit
was
$98.2
 million,
or
$1.29
cents
per
 share,
compared
with
a
net
 loss
of
$51.3
million,
or
71
 cents
per
share,
in
the
 second
quarter
of
fiscal
2007.
 Sales
were
up
more
than
160
 percent
to
$539.8
million
for
 the
period,
blowing
away
 analyst
es3mates
of
$499.1
 million.

  6. 6. DeKooning’s Women were inspired by images of Marilyn Monroe
  7. 7. Jackson Pollock had a fashionable public image.
  8. 8. The battle was lost…
  9. 9. h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGaBKpCfLdo
 h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1PRPbLqn_g&feature=related

  10. 10. Where are the boundaries? Why does it matter? Screeamingqueens.com
  11. 11. http://www.petermax.com/
  12. 12. Peter Max www.petermax.com/

  13. 13. h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=punS9XAjMJ8

  14. 14. h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ocii2sT8KTw&feature=related

















Music:
The
Chemical
Brothers,
Salmon
Dance

  15. 15. http://www.haring.com
  16. 16. http://www.pop-shop.com/
  17. 17. Keith Haring 1958 - 1990
  18. 18. http://www.moma.org/interactives/exhibitions/2009/timburton/
  19. 19. Interview
with
Tim
Burton
on
the
Charlie
Rose
Show
 http://www.charlierose.com/view/interview/3995
  20. 20. Piortr Uklanski (1998) The Nazis
  21. 21. Jeff Koons
  22. 22. Jeff Koons at Palazzo Grassi, Grand Canal, Venice
  23. 23. Koons plucks images and objects from popular culture, framing questions about taste and pleasure. His contextual sleight-of-hand, which transforms banal items into sumptuous icons, takes on a psychological dimension through dramatic shifts in scale, spectacularly engineered surfaces, and subliminal allegories of animals, humans, and anthropomorphized objects. The subject of art history is a constant undercurrent, whether Koons elevates kitsch to the level of Classical art, produces photos in the manner of Baroque paintings, or develops public works that borrow techniques and elements of seventeenth-century French garden design. Organizing his own studio production in a manner that rivals a Renaissance workshop, Koons makes computer-assisted, handcrafted works that communicate through their meticulous attention to detail.
  24. 24. No artist among cool "postmodernists" of recent decades has flirted more openly with commercialism than Jeff Koons, nor has anyone struck so steadfastly earnest a pose in the endeavor. Unapologetically, indeed some say brazenly appropriating advertising strategies, off-the-shelf merchandise, and kitsch icons from the inventories of mass- marketers and carriage-trade purveyors, Koons pursues his ambitions with missionary zeal. Self-appointed prophet of a heaven-on-earth of unashamed materialism and sexual bliss, Koons has gone Pop art one or two better, making an art of "the pitch" and "the deal," as well as objects out Jeff Koons. (1998) Pink Panther of the flotsam and jetsam of consumer culture. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_uzWfl2WW0&feature=related
  25. 25. h9p://jeeoons.com/

  26. 26. Jeff Koons (1990) Jeff in the Position of Adam
  27. 27. break
  28. 28. Andre the Giant
  29. 29. h9p://obeygiant.com/

  30. 30. AP
BOSTON
—
A
street
ar3st
famous
for
his
red,
white
and
blue
"Hope"
 posters
of
President
Obama
has
been
arrested
on
warrants
accusing
 him
of
tagging
property
with
graffi3,
police
said
Saturday.
Shepard
 Fairey
was
arrested
Friday
night
on
his
way
to
the
Ins3tute
of
 Contemporary
Art
for
a
kickoff
event
for
his
first
solo
exhibi3on,
called
 "Supply
and
Demand.”
Two
warrants
were
issued
for
Fairey
on
Jan.
24
 a6er
police
determined
he'd
tagged
property
in
two
loca3ons
with
 graffi3
based
on
the
Andre
the
Giant
street
art
campaign
from
his
early
 career,
Officer
James
Kenneally
said.
One
of
the
loca3ons
was
the
 railroad
trestle
by
the
landmark
Boston
University
bridge
over
the
 Charles
River,
police
said.

  31. 31. Shepard Fairey at ICA Boston h9p://www.icaboston.org/exhibi3ons/exhibit/fairey/

  32. 32. h9p://www.lehmannmaupin.com/

  33. 33. Red Grooms The
Bookstore
(1978)

  34. 34. Red Grooms Main
Concourse,
Grand
Central
Terminal

(1994)

  35. 35. Red Grooms Grand
Central
Terminal

(1994)

  36. 36. Red Grooms Underground
Plarorms

(1994)

  37. 37. Red Grooms Train

(2007)

  38. 38. Daumier
(1863‐65)
The
Third
Class
Carriage

  39. 39. Rachel Harrison Glamour
Wig
(2005)
 h9p://www.saatchi‐gallery.co.uk/ar3sts/rachel_harrison.htm

  40. 40. Rachel Harrison (2004) Huffy Howler
  41. 41. Rachel Harrison (2006) Shelley Winter
  42. 42. Rachel Harrison (2006) Nice Rack
  43. 43. Rachel Harrison (2004) Buddha with Wall
  44. 44. Rachel Harrison (2007) If I did It
  45. 45. Rachel Harrison (2005) Nose
  46. 46. h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozubKHdprMI
 Paul McCarthy
  47. 47. Kerry
James
Marshall
(

)
Be4er
Homes
and
Gardens

  48. 48. Oldenberg/van Bruggen (2007) Big Sweep
  49. 49. Cecily Colbert (1996) Untitled
  50. 50. Lesley Vance (no date) Untitled
  51. 51. Best of the Whitney Biennial h9p://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs‐and‐stories/2010‐02‐24/best‐of‐the‐whitney‐biennial/#gallery=1365;page=1

  52. 52. High or really low? h9p://www.cpbgroup.com/#cpb

  53. 53. High or Low? h9p://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GxSDZc8etg


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