Contemporary Art History Notes
What part is new? Found object A “street” and “store front” in a new venue He is not creating, these are things are found and are to be viewed as art because of how they are paired. Cardboard burnt and disheveled. Demonstrating a store front, view from street. No single focus. Similar to happening dada performances. Probably still using “good” poetry Everything is an artistic experience, no single focus. What is he trying to communicate.
Its not anti-cultural like dada, instead its Just right off the streets. The bridging of art and life. Big problem with happenings- People where not thinking about technology With technology you can take pictures and video to document. Even though they had the camera it Just wasn’t really used. Video tape- new thing “Ray Gun Theater” was the location Not a pretty place, must have called it art. You are forced to look at it as art. New view One foot in the past, a little dada or a small happening. But relating to the now Themes and objects of a store, but presenting them in a new fashion.
Fake hamburgers and hotdogs Critics where negative, but commercially he was okay. Assortment of pastries Chuck Taylor Small space small objects When he was given a bigger space he made bigger objects. Slice of chocolate cake and big ice cream cone. There is a transition (teacher said he might have done it because its more practical) en is the inventor to “soot sculpture” Floor cake (giant piece of cake) 1962 Synthetic polymer paint and latex on canvas, filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes. First food from the store, then starts making appliances I. E. He soft toilet. Soft electric mixers Is there a sexual innuendo? Think about Salvador deal surrealistic method Geometric mouse, scale A Proposed colossal monument for park avenue, new York: good humor bar, 1965. Drawing for a monument and sells the drawings as well. Pizza pie painting Huge clothes-pin, but could be two people hugging and kissing Culture as Nature: Pop Art Rising 1960-1970 the turn in art: culture becomes inspiration taking a mass produced whatever and taking it as art. Anonymous brush stroke Its not the artist experience Lucas Samaras, Mirrored Room, 1966.
Wood and mirrors Lucas Samaras, Photo Transformation Liechtenstein and Warhol Pop Art Transitional Artists Happenings Pop Art in Britain Pop in the USA Not quite Pop art yet. Comes from social ethics, really very serious. Britain pop art starts off in the ass, the USA start off in the ass Britain you can move up n social class by going into the arts or church Commercial art is to SELL The independent group 1940-1955(disbanded) re-evaluated modernism and created the “as found” or “found object” aesthetic Very influenced by futurism The 1920-21 Italian futurists.
Manifesto – push into the future-movement- tram car asses Fractured images like Decamp nude descending a stair case, very inspiring to the futurists* later on influence the independent group Eduardo Apologia “National “Pinsetters” “It’s a Psychological Fact Pleasure Helps Your Disposition” 1948 “Gold from 10 collages from Bunk” 1950 Taking images from magazine (Lucille Ball, orange Juice, retro mini mouse, can of tuna) Fascinated with consumer goods (before America) popular culture everything is mass marketed.
Collages – old idea from Picasso Movies, Mackey mouse, Lucille Ball, American comes into its own Steel factories, women’s clothing, everything built here in the USA. Women in the work place because men off to fight (rosier the riveter) British pop art is closer to dada tradition then surrealism, and more politics involved in it. “Made” 1964 steel sculpture (not relevant to the exam) Richard Hamilton, “This is Tomorrow’ 1956 – Fun House Disney imagery for film. Mass produced of iconic images produced at its time.
Assembled found object, with a political message Keeping it real with realism and surrealism realism Edward hopper George Seal surrealism Richard Estes Cars Chuck close Super realism Chuck close, self-portrait Photographic image silkscreen Impressionists went out to Barbarian forest, they don’t see grey and black but blue ND purple. Artists interpretation Mass produced images pulled from advertising, buildings and cityscapes, cars. Early chuck close would have been super realist, more recent works are more artistically configured images.
Deane Hanson with clothing sculptures of people Social commentary. Dungaree Full nude sculptures to people Stuart Davis Most famous piece, “Helene florist” Ralph goings Victor evasively, scrota-t, 1953 Triptych, engraved glass slabs. Pop art, optical art Reactions to abstract expressionism Mimicking commercial art techniques No longer personal stroke of brush More anonymous Not a lot of content with the abstract expressionism For the pop art, lots of content that the artist is not responsible for, mass produced object soup can.