Dezeuze Extra Credit Post Madison Dye

In Dezeuze’s article “The 1960’s: Decade out of Bounds,” she explores the many relationships between art and society in the 1960’s, and all of the movements that were born that time. She begins by separating art into three categories of language, body and political context, then further dividing those up into subcategories. One of those subcategories are Op and Kinetic works. Op art, is art that uses optical devices to distort the viewers perception, while kinetic art uses lights and motors to create mobile machines. Some of the political events that Dezeuze cites are the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Cold War, and the race to space between USSR and the United States. This last event particularly influenced artists who became interested in the concept that matter is always moving, which provoked a number of Kinetic pieces.

Another movement that Dezeuze refers to throughout the text is the Fluxus movement which uses staged performance pieces and detailed guidelines so that the works can be duplicated. One piece i found extremely interesting was Yves Klein’s “Les Anthropometries” in which he uses naked models covered in bright blue paint at his paint brushes against a canvas and directs them in order to create his art work. This piece really incorporates two of the central themes of the 60’s that Dezeuze addresses. First, the recognition of the beauty of the body and the inherent sexuality of human bodies, which is very well incorporated in the naked, writhing, models covered in blue paint used by Klein. The other prevalent theme of this decade was community which is incorporated by the invitation Klein extended to watch the performance piece being created, and all the models working together in order to create this work of art.

The 60’s was a magical decade where people really dropped their preconceived notions of sexuality and refused to live the lives of their parents. The art of the period reflected the “revolutionary” spirit pulsing throughout the country. The political social and cultural influences of the time really effected the artists and moved art in a whole new direction.

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