What to Include in a Modern Art Exhibit
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The paper first discusses Marcel Duchamp's painting, "Fountain", and asserts that it must feature in any modern art exhibit solely for its outright rejection of the very genre it typifies; it conveys the perspective that all art is quite useless. Next, the paper reviews Jackson Pollock's abstract expressionistic work "White Light" and explains why it plays an important role in the evolution of modern art. The third piece of art the paper turns to is Richard Hamilton's work; the paper discusses how Hamilton was at the forefront of one of modern art's most infamous movements, the movement of pop art. Next, the paper looks at Norman Rockwell's art and explains that although it would seem a strange fit for a modern art exhibit, Rockwell created beautiful, touching and vibrant works of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s America. Finally, the paper discusses Marcel Breuer's Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City as a large, disturbing example of "Brutalist architecture," and posits that no modern art exhibit would be complete without it, since it itself is home to modern art.
From the Paper:"American artist Jackson Pollock's Abstract Expressionistic works grew out of the paintings of artists like Wassily Kandinsky. While Pollock never used the phrase to identify his own works, there is a certain individualistic spirituality in them (as there is in Kandinsky's, who greatly believed that art should attempt to illustrate the spiritual side of life). Pollock possessed, in a sense, an extremism that Kandinsky made allowable. By pouring and dribbling paint upon his canvases (which he placed upon the floor) and allowing himself to be filmed walking over them (carelessly), Pollock typified the kind of chaotic, confident disregard for the very art he was so intent on creating. His figurative works exemplified abstractionism because they refused to be representative--they were wild, irresponsible, yet whole, real, and personal. White Light (1954) is the perfect illustration of Pollock's methodology and plays an important role in the evolution of modern art.
"Likewise, Richard Hamilton is as necessary to any modern art exhibit as water is to fish bowls. Hamilton was at the forefront of one of modern art's most infamous movements: Pop Art. Virtually defining Pop Art (as a reaction against the painstaking Abstract Expressionism of painters like Pollock) when he made his 1956 collage Just What Is It that Makes Today's Homes So Different, So Appealing? Hamilton described it as being mass-produced for a mass-audience, transient, expendable, low cost, youthful, witty, gimmicky, glamorous, and big business."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Johnson, Paul. Art: A New History. New York, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2003. Print.
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