Test Notes, Week 6

Week 6: Art  

  • What is art?
  • Background: Aesthetics & Shock art
  • Post-war art: technology & speed
  • Abstract expressionism
  • Pop Art
  • Resistance Art & Co-optation  
  • Post-Modernism
  • Important Artists: Pollock, Rothko, Rauschenberg, Johns, Hamilton, Lichtenstein, Warhol

 Q:  Who is considered to be the greatest of the American abstract expressionists? Describe the formal attributes of his work. What is one word to describe his form? (nb: don’t say “abstract” or “expression”).

Q: What is Pop Art?  Who is considered to be the first Pop artist? Do you disagree with this popular assessment? (who else, who came before, might deserve this title?)

Q:  What was Warhol‘s achievement in the arts?  What did he accomplish?

Q:  What is the theme of Warhol’s work (one word)?

Q:  Which artists served as Warhol’s influences?  How, or in what way?  To what schools/types of art did these people belong?  

Q: Discuss how Warhol, after Picasso, redefined the importance of the “artist as artwork.”

Q: Which artist changed the form of modern art by using horizontal surfaces like a desktop or a collage of junk on a table?   

Q: Which pop artist used the iconography of cartoons in his work?  What was his message?

Q: Discuss the influence of the increased rate of technology in the 20th century on the rate of change of art movements.

Q: Define Post-Modernism.

PLUS:   FILMS:  “What’s This?” and “Art of the Western World: In Our Time” with Michael Wood

Q: Discuss the idea of political resistance art.  How are murals used as resistance art and historical documents?   The Bogside Artists   http://www.bogsideartists.com/

Q: How are murals used to document community history and to bring together diverse groups of citizens? SPARC Murals   http://www.sparcmurals.org/

Q: What is co-optation? How do powerful or elite groups co-opt subcultural and resistance art?  What does this do to the message of political art?

FILM: WALLS FOR CHANGE  Art/murals used as a tool of resistance, as a tool of minority community expression (film);    Discuss examples of places/locations where murals have been used to describe historical events and community history.  Why is this kind of art called “resistance art”?

Also: REEVES’ SIXTH LECTURE: “Pop’s creators”

NEW: Optional: Check out… http://www.artmovements.co.uk/home.htm#CHRONOLOGICAL …for a better understanding of the exponential rate of progress from one art movement to the next, in modern times