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Living with Art Chapters 1-3
Terms in this set (28)
The Sacred Realm
art's role in our relationship to the sacred, helping us to envision it, to honor it, and to communicate with it; ex: architecture, icons. (p. 51)
the "aboutness" of art's broad areas of meaning.
Politics and the Social Order
art that reflects the society and social order of the time. ex: the Great Pyramids, art that projected images of rulers, Picasso's image of protest against Civil War
Stories and Histories
art that displays stories for subject matter, especially stories with deep cultural ties. ex: painting of St. Francis, painting of an Indian epic.
Looking Outward: Here and Now
art that depicts images of ordinary, every day life.
Looking Inward: The Human Experience
art that displays aspects of humanity, that everyone experiences and relates to. ex: boy talking to dead loved one, Frida's self-portrait, stillness.
Invention and Fantasy
common Renaissance artwork that depicts an imaginary world filled with people and events.
The Natural World
landscape images, whether using realism or not, or art that is created out of nature.
Art and Art
art that is made about art itself; about learning, making, and viewing it. ex: Jeff Wall remaking Hokusia's windblown piece.
The 6 roles, tasks, or functions of artists
to create places for some human purpose, to create extraordinary versions of ordinary objects, to record and commemorate, to give tangible form to the unknown, to give tangible form to feelings and ideas, and refresh our vision and help us see the world in new ways.
the mind's role in focusing on the visual information we need for the task at hand and relegating everything else into the background.
What factors play into/influence selective perception? What does this explain about artwork? How does it pertain to interacting with artwork?
p. 15 ; the immense amount of detail, our mood, our prior experience in culture, knowledge, relationships etc. It explains why a work of art may mean different things to different people and how we may return to the same piece again and again noticing new details. Overall selective perception suggests that the most important key to looking at art is to be aware of the process of looking itself.
Common assumptions about art that are incorrect or have changed in the 20th/21st Centuries
art being abstract/nonobjective rather than solely representational or naturalistic, creating art simply to create. Photography had a huge influence here because the need for representation as visual records was simplified. "liberation from a lifetime spent copying nature". The creation of museums changed things, separating art into a privileged realm, and now people have pushed back on that by putting art in the "real world" ex: billboard art that was bought as an idea (p. 50)
a very large stone
descriptive of a work of art that depicts forms in the natural world (to "present again")
an approach that emphasizes the objective observation and accurate imitation of appearances, closely resembles the the visual form it portrays,
an approach that takes certain aspects of the visual world and simplifies or exaggerates them.
works that are convincingly life-like, French for "fool the eye"
representational art that conforms to a preset style or set of conventions for depicting the world (much ancient Egyptian art)
Nonrepresentational or nonobjective
art that has "turned its back" on the visible world altogether to create art that is valuable in and of itself, speaking its own language not only representing.
a characteristic or group of characteristics that we recognize as constant, recurring, or coherent; helps us categorize art by its own appearance, some say style is what distinguishes artists from skillful makers. (cultural styles, period styles, school styles)
the way a work of art looks; size, shape, materials, color, and composition
what the work of art is about
the objects or events the work of art depicts
means "describing images", involves identifying, describing, and interpreting subject matter in art.
art's web of connections to the larger world of human culture it was made in.
a space that is presented as a work of art that can be entered, explored, experienced, and reflected upon.
a painting in three sections
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