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What is Art?

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Shannon Cousino

on 8 September 2013

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What is Art?
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." - Edgar Degas
Edvard Munch "Moonlight" 1895
"Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one." - Stella Adler
Where is Art?
Why is Art...
Important
Teaches that problems can have more than one solution.
Celebrates multiple perspectives.
Learn to say what cannot be said.
The limits of our language do not define
the limits of our cognition.
Art is...Beautiful?
Damien Hirst, A Thousand Years, 1990
Pissaro, Girl Tending a Cow in Pasture, 1874
Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917
"He took an article of life, placed it so that its useful significance disappeared under the new title and point of view – created a new thought for that object."
In December 2004, Duchamp's Fountain was voted the most influential artwork of the 20th century by 500 selected British art world professionals.
Physical Craft
vs
Intellectual Interpretation
"Creativity takes courage." - Henri Matisse
Elements of Design
Shape
Color
Value
Form
Texture
Space
Line
Line
Jackson Pollock, Autumn Rhythm, 1950
Barnett Newman, The Promise, 1949
Shape
Stuart Davis, The Mellow Pad, 1931
Paul Klee, Castle and Sun, 1928
Color
Mark Rothko
Orange and Yellow
1956
Pablo Picasso, Ascet, 1903
And Value!
Form
Jeff Koons, Balloon Dog
In 2013 it went to auction for a starting price of $35 million. And it's 12 feet tall.
Texture
Albrecht Durer, Young Hare, 1502
Space
Albert Bierstadt,
Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA, 1868
Principles of Design
Balance
Contrast
Emphasis
Movement
Pattern
Rhythm
Unity
Balance
Diane Arbus
Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey
1967
Balance
Edward Hopper
People in the Sun, 1960
Rhythm...it's a visual beat
Emphasis
Movement
Hokusai
Ocean Waves, early 1800's
Pattern
Paul Klee
Rose Garden
1920
Contrast
Unity
Caravaggio
David & Goliath
1599
Faith
Ringgold
Sunflower
Quilting
Bee, 1991
Ready to talk about art?
The Lascaux Cave Paintings
Paleolithic Era
est. 17,500 years old
Discovered in 1940
Nearly 2,000 images
Closed to the public since 1963

Let's start at the beginning
And that's the start of ART
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