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About Art 21: Art in the 21st Century

‡ Source for 2nd half of coursebook




Contemporary Art

What? Contemporary Art (the past 25 years)

* a diverse range of artists who have succeeded in giving memorable substance to creative vision

Why? to engage actively in your pursuit of fresh knowledge
*to arouse our curiosity, delight our senses, evoke our emotions, and provoke questions and debate

How? Thematically

*By looking at themes, we focus on the meaning of a work of art examined as a whole, including the impact that materials, techniques, form, and subject matter makes on content

A Note about Subject Matter

What, Why, and How

Week 1 Monday June 27 THE BRITISH ART SCENE: What s What An introduction and a broad map for studying contemporary art in London; outline of historical background to contemporary art. Required Reading: Julian Stallabrass, A Very Short Guide to Contemporary Art. Michael Glover, The Tate Takes Off, Art News, April, 200, pp. 24-28.

Julian Stallabrass Senior Lecturer in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. author of several books on art, including the highly controversial High Art Lite (1999), and is a frequent contributor to publications including the Evening Standard and the New Statesman

‡ The artworld expands ‡ Multi-media ‡ Globalism ‡ Commercialism

The Art World Expands

Contemporary art is rich, diverse and unpredictable

Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, 1992, Tiger shark, glass, steel, 5% formaldehyde solution, 213 cm × 518 cm (84 in × 204 in), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Rachel Whiteread, House, 1993

Jenny Saville, Prop, 1990s

Overview of History and Art History


The Pluralistic Seventies
Conceptual art Performance Art Feminist Art Process Art Multiculturalism Earth Art Photorealism New Image Neo-Expressionism

1970s Pluralism

Art Dematerialized

Art Historical Conventions


Earth Art



Art for Art¶s Sake

Clive Bell Roger Fry Clement Greenberg
Mark Rothko, 1950s

Andy Warhol, Muhammed Ali, 1977

Alternatives to Modernism

Betye Saar, The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. 1972.

Judy Chicago, The Dinner Party, 197479

Old Art History: ‡Connoisseurship ‡ Quality ‡Style ‡Genius

New Art History: ‡Ideology ‡Patriarchy ‡Class ‡Gender ‡Race

Film and Video

Ant Farm, Media Burn, 1972

Keith Haring

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Postmodern Theory

Images as social constructs

Gender and Postmodernism

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 1978

Authorship and Art

Jeff Koons, Rabitt, 1987

Postmodernism challenged some of the most basic ideas of modern art: Originality, Authorship, and Cultural Progression

The Proliferation of Media
Fax machines CD Players The First laptop Cordless phones

Media Theory
How culture comes to us-TV, VCRs, WWW«

PoMo (postmodernism) Terms
Appropriation (taking someone else¶s image as your own) Deconstruction (breaking down the meaning of representation, often by recontextualizing it) Simulation (representing as real something that doesn¶t exist in the world)

All these terms challenge the adage that in a media-saturated world, it¶s the look that counts.

In 1980 a new record was set when Jasper Johns Three Flags was Sold to the Whitney for 1 Million. The most paid for a work of art by a living artist

Record Price for a Living Artist

Costing £14 million to produce asking price of £50 million.

Damien Hirst, 2007, platinum, diamond, human teeth, White Cube Gallery, London, England

Jenny Holzer, Protect me from What I Want, 1983-85

Mr. President, Tear Down This Painting

Sky Light, 1973 by Alma Thomas

Black Like Me #2, 1992 by Glen Lignon

Ed Ruscha, I Think I¶ll 1983,

Nice, 1954 by Nicolas De Stael

The Bow, Edgar Degas, 1890

The Tates Britain and Modern

Tate Britain

Tate Britain

Rooms 10-17: British Art 1960-2010

Tate Modern

Tate Modern
The Tate Modern - the world's biggest modern art gallery, in a beautiful building overlooking St Paul's Cathedral

The Tate Takes Off
2000 Bankside Power Station becaomes Tate Modern Dubbed the Industrial Cathedral

Michael Craig-Martin in collaboration with with Herzog & de Meuron, Swiss Light, 1999

Tate Modern
Antievolutionary approach Using 4 broad themes to invite comparisons from different periods

Jannis Kounellis Untitled 1979, Charcoal, paper, arrows and stuffed birds displayed: 3600 x 5000 mm installation

Giorgio de Chirico , The Uncertainty of the Poet 1913 , Oil on canvas support: 1060 x 940 mm frame: 1232 x 1125 x 73 mm

At the heart of each wing is a large central display, or 'hub', which focuses on one of the pivotal moments of twentiethcentury art history.

Assignment 1 Tate Modern Object Analysis
‡ Due Wednesday June 29th


Assignment 1 Due Visual Journal Check Reading: Stallabrass, Famous for being Famous

Tates Britain and Modern
‡ 9AM Meet at Ramsey Hall Steps Goodge St Station (on Tottenham Court Rd) Take Northern line to Embankement Take Circle Line to Victoria Station At Victoria go uo up to Turnimus Place toward Wilton Rd Walk towards the River Turn right on Wilton Rd Turn Left on Neathouse Place Turn Slight Right on Walkway Proceed Southeast Turn Left on Milbank

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