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Transcript of Investigation Wall
Complete at least two of the exercises below.
context: Before pop art
Abstract Expressionism, a nonrepresentational style, dominated the art world before Pop Art. This style was mostly admired by art critics and serious art lovers, and didn't appeal the the average person. Abstract Expressionist work:
was an effort to reinvent the art world in the wake of WWII
rebelled against traditional fine arts styles like Realism
conveyed strong emotional expressiveness and spontaneity
popularized a method called "Action Painting"
"This method of painting is a natural growth out of a need... to express my feelings rather than illustrate them"
Create a graphic organizer that compares and contrasts the stylistic qualities of Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. Include at least 6 details.
Write a letter to one of the artists. Describe how you can connect their work to your life or experiences. Explain what you like and don't like about their work. Be specific - cite examples and evidence. Include at least 3 questions for the artist, but NOT yes or no questions.
Create a journal page that includes research and examples of one of the artists or styles featured in this Prezi. Include descriptions, contextual information, and personal opinions or reflections about the artworks.
Create a journal page about Warhol's references to celebrities. Include information on their design, contextual information, and describe who you think he would use for this if he were working today.
context: pop art Emerges
Pop Art was "the" post-war expression of a world wholly preoccupied with the pursuit of materialism and celebrity. It satisfied the needs of the hungry consumer culture, newly flooded with television, radio, and print advertising. Pop Art:
used popular and every-day imagery such as advertising, product labels, comics, and photos of celebrities
relied heavily on mechanical devices, such as cameras, as tools for rendering or reproduction
challenged the attitude of separation between high art and commercial art
The first king of pop
in earlier works, explored mythology and American history and folklore
at the height of his career, took imagery directly from comic books and advertising.
mimicked his borrowed sources right down to an impersonal-looking stencil process that imitated the mechanical printing used for commercial art called Ben-Day Dots
repetition and rhythm
Geometric and organic
pop art or plagiarism?
Research "Plagiarism vs. Appropriation."
What's your opinion? By today's standards, do Lichtenstein's comic paintings or Warhol's celebrity screen prints seem more like they're plagiarized or appropriated? Explain your answer.
Research the art of Shepard Fairey and the copyright lawsuit surrounding his HOPE poster.
Pretend you are the artist who created the imagery from which either Fairey's, Warhol's, or Lichtenstein's subject matter was taken. Write them a letter explaining how you feel regarding the quality of their work, its relationship to copyright law, and how you feel about your art being used as a basis for the piece(s).
Spent the early part of his career as a commercial artist in NYC
Used silkscreen techniques and relied on apprentices to create pieces under his instruction
Associated with artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Frank Stella, and Jean-Michelle Basquiat
Pioneered the breakdown between commercial and fine art
"Commercial art is created on-demand for a company or other enterprise and is usually intended for mass exposure and distribution. The purpose behind commercial creativity is communication...a commercial artist is essentially organizing information into a visually "
"Fine art is often defined as a creation intended primarily for aesthetic purposes and mainly evaluated according to standards of beauty and meaningfulness. The artist normally works for himself/herself and is both the initiator and final judge of the work."
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Andy Warhol was a child of European immigrants. He is know to have:
Warhol creates a regular rhythm by repeating the soup can motif in a grid pattern.
Lichtenstien uses high contrasting colors to show depth and to catch your eye.
Oldenburg pairs the geometrically shaped cone with the organically shaped ice cream to create this sculpture.
Son of a successful real-estate manager, Lichtenstein grew up in Manhattan's Upper West Side. His paintings:
in the 50's began making soft sculpture versions of everyday objects
in the 60's became heavily involved in performance artworks called "happenings
is currently best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects
Son of a Swedish diplomat, Oldenburg grew up in Chicago where his father was stationed. Although he is considered a Pop artist, his work focuses on commonplace objects rather than images from popular culture. He practiced many art forms:
Complete the exercises below.