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Components of an Artwork - 3D Emphasis
Transcript of Components of an Artwork - 3D Emphasis
What the artist
is trying to portray
(people, objects, places
of the work
the message the artist
hopes to communicate
the set of factors
surrounding the creation
and display of the work
Alberto Giacometti, "Man Pointing" (1947)
is a man.
The fact that the man is depicted as very tall and skinny and made of bronze are all related to form.
"Young Man" (2012)
The subject of all 3 of these works is 'a male figure'.
However, the FORM is drastically different in each.
Ray's piece is
Rodin's piece is
piece is marble.
That message can be physical, emotional, or intellectual.
Ernesto Neto, "Humanoids Family"
2001, polyamide fabric, velvet, lavender, styrofoam
6 elements, dimensions variable
- using large-scale physically encompassing sculptures aimed at creating
Bernini, "The Rape of Proserpina" (1621-22) marble
- viewers of this work may
at the act of rape
- others may romaticize the mythology's narrative
Fred Wilson, "Mining the Museum", (from 1992 on).
- subject = table wares and shackles
- form = silver and iron work
- context = a museum
The content is intellectual because you have to think about where the objects came from, what time period, and what it means to see these objects TOGETHER.
•gender identity (real or perceived)
•sexual identity (real or perceived)
•physical or mental ability
•geographic and political associations
Andy Warhol, "Brillo Boxes" (1964)
This group of boxes at the at the Warhol Museum in any other context would not only be received very differently, an entirely different audience would encounter it.
Michelangelo, "David", (1501–1504), marble
Incorporated in 1844, the Maryland Historical Society was founded to collect, preserve, and study objects
related to the state’s history
. This mission included accounts of
colonization, slavery and abolition
, but the museum tended to present this history from a specific viewpoint, namely that of the its
white male founding board
. It was this worldview that Wilson aimed to “mine.” He did so
simply by assembling the museum’s collection in a new and surprising way
, deploying various satirical techniques, first and foremost irony.