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ART CHAPTER 4
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looks at the formal elements & principles of composition - describable attributes
looks at content, the meaning, themes and messages in the piece.
underlying themes or messages
an image or element that is descriptive of something else
an image or element that stands for/represents some other entity or concept.
culturally determined & must be taught.
system of symbols that carry meaning
the external conditions that surround a work of art. Includes: historical events, physical surroundings, economic trends, cultural developments, religious attitudes, social norms, and other artwork of the time.
Writings about art come from:
Art Critics .... Art Historians & Academics .... Curators
(describe and evaluate contemporary art),
Art Historians &
research art of the past & other cultures),
(essays & materials for exhibitions)
- promotes progress, 'master narratives'- ideas of universal or larger truths, and
seeks the relationship of art & truth. Includes: Formalist, Ideological, Psychoanalytic and Structuralist
- emphasizes formal analysis. originated in early 20th c. England to appreciate art from other cultures, without understanding the content. After WWII associated with Modern Art in the US, especially painting. (believed art should be pure = true to the characteristics of the
- deals with art's political significance
- first written by Sigmund Freud. Looks at art as the product of individuals who have been influenced & shaped by their pasts, unconscious urges, and social histories.
- focus not on one work of art but rather the structure of Art & complex interrelationship of all its parts.
- emphasizes difference, nuances, ambiguity & 'little narratives' - the stories and experiences of individuals. Includes: Post-structuralist, Feminist, Visual Culture, Personal Interpretation
- reaction against structuralism, promotes multiple meanings
- from the inside any system looks natural and coherent, but is filled with unseen contradictions myths, or stereotypes.
concerned w/ the oppression of groups & their beliefs. Advocates equal social,
political, economic rights for all women and men.
Strategies for Postmodern criticism
: identify lost artists, look closer at historical artworks, reclaim art making methods,
intercept dominant stereotypes: gender, race, ethnicity, class & sexuality
- art is part of the images of contemporary culture & must be analyzed in relation
to images from film, advertisements, the Internet, television, etc.
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