Art Exhibit #2- Paige Lowe

Paige Lowe

Art History

Contemporary Art

30 April 2012

Art Exhibit #2

 

I attended the an art show on American Art over spring break in Atlanta, Georgia at the High Museum of Art. The show was amazing.  The show contained artist from Jasper Johns to Jackson Pollock.  I really enjoyed seeing the evolution of American art through the years.  The show was called “From Picasso to Warhol”

The museum is a large white building designed by Richard Meler and Renzo Piano. You walk into a large three-floor atrium that is encircled by a switch-backed walk up on one side.  After getting your ticket, you then take an elevator to the top floor to see the exhibit.  The floor plan in constructed of open rooms with fake walls to help move the crowd through the show.  There are still alcoves with multi media additions as well. The most innovative thing about the High Museum is its dictation to technology.  When you visit you can download a free app onto your smart phone. The app contains the exhibits artwork along with interesting information about each piece of work. The app is called, “High Art Clix”.  Even after the show you can still look and refer back to your favorite paintings to share with friends.  The connection between artist and viewer is linked through this app. making the experience more personalized and informative.

The exhibit contained work from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio De Chirico, Joan Moro, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.  It was wonderful to see all of these famous artists all in one place.

The very end of the exhibit contain Andy Warhol’s work. Specially, a few of his Campbell Soup paintings.  The pictures were larger then I had imagined. It was great to see some of the painting of the iconic Campbell soup cans in real life.

Jasper Johns was one of the first to use neo dada in the form of every day icons. I like that he used an ever day object to describe the contradictions of American society.  He use of icons that were once previously used just as symbols is now translated into.  Johns is expressing himself through parts that are seen as icons and as not yet complete.  He is expressing the human body as an appearing object in daily life.  The idea that the American flag is complete and seen as significant in our society.  Johns wanted to see if the audience could remain indifferent to reading message of the American icon of the American flag.  How objects interact and what these object mean in our culture.  His work title, Map was also being shown. It was wonderful to see all the colors of the USA states blending together.

I also enjoyed seeing Heni Matisse’s painting, Dance (1), 1909. The painting is interesting because he had originally drawn six figured but instead decided to only include five. Forcing two to stretch and reach for each other. Placing a ghost like figure in the lower left part of the painting.

Another important Dada influence was the discovery of the self through Rauschenberg.  His work takes the notion of the subconscious self and the environment.  Through his use of mixed materials of the textures and object that are seen in life.  The use of showing works of art through day and night. And sometimes through the expression of time and change.  His work is essential to the idea of the self in American art work.  That one can express him or her through multiple mediums.  This theme is continued through the exhibition.

The works by Pisccao were from him blue period and smaller sketches. I liked that the exhibit included art from him that was not normally expected.  For example, Nude Woman before a Statue, July 4, 1931. His sketches were interesting to see how he starts paintings and his through process.

Autumn by Jackson Pollock was in the exhibit as well.  I had never seen the work in life before;  I was blow away.  Pictures in books do not do the piece of work justice.  It was a breathtaking to experience.  The style of Pollock’s Autumn is planned random lines that go all the way to the boarder of the piece.  Enhancing the idea that the his work has no boarder.  Giving emphasis to a chaotic feeling.  Since the work of art is large, it forces the viewer to feel anxiety over the chaos of the painting.  Overall, Pollock’s Autumn painting was my favorite to experience while at the exhibit show.  I was amazing to finally get to see in real life the painting that has so much excitement around it.

By the end of the exhibit show, I was left wanting more. If I did not have to leave for a family dinner, I like to think I would of gone through the exhibit one more time before leaving. The show defiantly made me appreciate art more.

3 Responses

  1. This was a well written paper and the exhibition that you attended seems like one that I could have spent some time in. The most interesting paragraph was the one about Rauschenberg. He was a pioneer and an inspiration to many. It would be interesting to know more about his process and inspirations.

  2. I liked your description of this show, even if it is one I am unfamiliar with. You did a great job explaining the overall context and feel of the show itself, and the personal experiences with the pieces. It sounds like this show is a great way for people to get a taste of American Art and see the process of the great American artists.

  3. I would love to be able to experience a show like this oneday; being an art major, I feel as if I have not exposed myself to nearly enough art throughout my lifetime, and i’ve always dreamed of being able to visit an exhibit that showcased some very famous works like this one did. Jackson Pollock has always been an artist that i’ve simultaneously liked and disliked; but unanimously, anyone who has seen a piece of his in real life has said that they were blown away, typically due to the massive scale of the pieces.

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