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  • Function Artist Society

    1. 1. “ The artist is not responsible to anyone. His social role is asocial; his only responsibility consists in an attitude, an attitude in the work he does. The artwork comes into being in the artist’s head, and it stays in the artist’s head. There is no communication with any public whatsoever. ” - George Baselitz
    2. 2. Model : artist as skilled worker Myth1 : artist as great technician, virtuoso (non-critical role) myth2 : artist as rule-breaker, anarchist Model : Artist as Intellectual Myth1 : artist as genius (from Renaissance; focus on individuality) Myth2 : artist as naïve innocent Model : Artist as Entrepeneur Myth1 : professional/marketable; artist as independent hero (cult of personality) Myth2 : starving artist Model : Artist as Social Critic Myth1 : artist as social critic Myth2 : bohemian or social parasite (by way of a devaluing of artists’ activities; usually by groups threatened by social criticism) Model : Artist as Social Healer Myth1: artist as mystic Myth2: artist as charlatan, trickster, fraud
    3. 4. Pino Signoretto Jeff Koons Hanging Heart
    4. 5. Leonardo Da Vinci Henry Rousseau
    5. 6. Joseph Kosuth Three Hammers 1965 Buzz Spector Freeze Freud 1992
    6. 7. Vincent Van Gogh Pablo Picasso
    7. 8. Helen Frankenthaler Nature Abhors a Vacuum 1973, Acrylic on canvas
    8. 9. Mike Kelly Pay for your Pleasure 1988
    9. 10. The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths (Window or Wall Sign), 1967, Bruce Naumann
    10. 11. Mierle Laderman Ukeles The Social Mirror, 1983 Touch Sanitation 1978-80
    11. 12. Joseph Bueys The Pack, 1969
    12. 13. Implications of Social Roles: Are these stereotypes true? Are they useful? Responses:
    13. 14. The creation of the myths is an act of cultural appropriation, as Hal Foster explains: these myths then serve as “substitutes for active social expression and as alibis for consumerist management”
    14. 15. He considered what the German artist Joseph Beuys once described as “the enlarged conception of Art,” which includes, as Beuys put it, “every human action.” Life itself might be a work of art, Mr. Lowe realized: art can be the way people live. http://www.nytimes .com/2006/12/17/arts/design/17kimm.html?pagewanted=1&ei=5088&en=cb028cf20506be7b&ex=1324011600&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
    15. 16. Dan Peterman, Villa Deponie

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