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Art Exhibition

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Samuel Thomson

on 1 April 2013

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Aesthetics vs. Deeper Meanings Aesthetics "The branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty, as in the fine arts"-The Free Online Dictionary
Painting for the sake of visual appeal, or experimental values Profoundness When Discussing Art Like This... Pretentious "Marbles VII" by Charles Bell (1982) Photo realism
Is there a deeper meaning?
Planets in space? Implying that we're only marbles in space?
Just likes painting marbles? "Having intellectual depth and insight"-Merriam Webster
"Situated at, extending to, or coming from a great depth; deep."-The Free Online Dictionary Be careful
Can't always know what the artist intended
Over-analyzing can lead to bastardization of the original meaning or intent
Can over-analyze technical aspects as well
Difficult to enjoy art when someone is spewing jargon in your ear
Better to be quiet, just enjoy it. "Claiming or demanding a position of distinction or merit, especially when unjustified."-The Free Online Dictionary
"Trying to sound intelligent by using long, complicated words, even though you don't know what they mean."-Urban Dictionary
Often associated with art galleries, movie theaters, etc. "Intake" by Bridget Riley (1964) Op art
Zebras? Implying that zebras are an illusion?
Just a cool-looking illusion? Banksy Pop art
Message about violence and peace?
Did it just seem fun to spray-paint?
Or both
Often uses specific locations for special meanings "Palestinian Job" by Banksy Example of using location
Wall separating Israel from Palestine
"It turns Palestine into the worlds largest open prison"-Banksy
Message about breaking down (or in this case, flying over) walls
Work seems to be provocative, meant to cause discussion Acceptable Scenarios Not to say you can't discuss art
If you're qualified, know what you're talking about
The classroom (to a certain extent)
When opinion is asked for
Should not be too obnoxious, loud "Ferrariworld, Fall" (2006) by Tom Blackwell Another example of aesthetics
Doesn't appear to be much depth
Point is to replicate a picture "Telephone Booths" by Richard Estes More aesthetics
Principles of design, art Album cover for "Play" by Moby Photography
Capturing a moment, atmosphere, or a message
This case: capturing a moment? Moby "I love l.a when it rains."
Doesn't need to have deeper meaning "Sunday Afternoon on the Island of the Grand-Jatte" by Georges Seurat Impressionism
3 concepts:
1. everyday life, landscapes
2. Strictly visual painting
3. Sensitivity to light and form of colour
More about aesthetics
Ferris Bueler's Day Off "Opposing #15" by Frederick Hammersley Hard Edge & Colour Field
Focus on pre-planned compositions, colour schemes "Piss Christ" by Andres Serrano Art community: commercialism
Serrano: "ambiguity", didn't want to apply political meaning "War Pieta" by Marx Ginsburg Contemporary art
War is horrifying
Doesn't have to be extremely profound
Simple meaning Now: telling the two apart in art Cubism
Was a reaction to photography
Experimental art
Deeper meanings?
Just wanted a cubist self portrait? "Self Portrait" by Picasso "L.H.O.O.Q." by Marcel Duchamp Dadaism
As a movement: rebellious, anti-art, absurd
Deeper meaning: what is beautiful?
Just to make people angry? Feminist art
Deeper meaning: an attack on the Met. Museum Guerrilla Girls Fauvism
Abstract, visual
Aesthetics "André Derain" by Maurice de Vlaminck "Il Motociclista" by Fortunato Depero Futurism
Artists depicting the future, glorifying it
Aesthetic appeal as well "The Persistence of Memory" by Dali Surrealism
Artists debate its meaning
Some: Freud psychology?
Others: Einstein
Dali: "I dunno" "Shock Troops Advance under Gas from The War" by Otto Dix German Expressionism
Most of it promoted Nazis, optimistic
Glorifying war
Also aesthetic appeal Frank Loyd Wright Architecture
Naturalistic architecture
Merging with nature
Also a great deal of aesthetics John LeKay Conceptual art
Focus upon idea or deeper meaning
Aesthetics don't matter Jackson Pollock Abstract Expressionism
About conveying emotions, perspectives, evoking it
Could be profound and visual at same time "Voice of Fire" by Barnett Newman Minimalism
Sparked debate over meaning, artistic worth
Aesthetics, being controversial? Woody Allen
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