Amelia Jones- Queer Feminist Durationality


Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica- Annelysse Eggold

Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica-1


Art’s New Superpower- Annelysse Eggold



Annelysse Eggold

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The names Zhang Xiaogang, Liu Xiaodong and Zhang Huan no longer are unknown in the global community of Contemporary Art.  Their individual histories are profound and indicative of the depth of their art.  Zhang Xiaogang lost his parents to a Cultural Revolution “Study camp” and after being raised by an aunt for several years, Zhang was also sent to a re-education camp from which he emerged with soul-changing experiences only to have his paintings deemed unfit for public display in 1990. In 1997 Beijing galleries began to show his paintings. Largely comprised of haunting portraits of hollow-faced Chinese citizens as if emerging from concentration camps, Chapter of a New Century: Birth of the People’s Republic of  Zhang is now one of China’s premier contemporary artists, and sold his Chapter of a New Century for over $3million in 2006. Continue reading

Lawrence Argent- Annelysse Eggold


Postmodernist Art Theory, Irving Sandler


Aki Sasamoto


Visiting Artist Review

Annelysse Eggold


Aki Sasamoto: eclectic, enigmatic, simple, complex, multifaceted in her life and her work, intuitive, insightful, and above all …alive.  This young woman, of Japanese descent, and schooled at Columbia, exhibits a distinctly unique way of being in the world, with one foot in time and one in eternity (“the void” as she calls this empty place out of which her creativity evolves). Continue reading

Ed Ruscha Paper




Annelysse Eggold

What happens to a culture of antiquity, like China, when isolationism gives way to openness, a Chinese glasnost, to the Western worldview?  It appears to be producing a pluralism of modern art that is both a hybridization of Sino-Western art, a return to a neo-traditional art of pre-Maoist China. and an existential art with almost Taoist features of simplicity and relatedness to nature. Continue reading

Longing for Paradise



Extra Credit- Annelysse Eggold

What is the real significance of Chinese contemporary art in Chinese society and in the global world today?  This is a question that necessitates a comprehensive understanding of the historical evolution of China and its art, the recent swift modernization of China and its continually evolving and changing cultural, political and economic conditions.  China is undergoing a prolific period of material development, consumption and urbanization, with its peoples engulfed and transformed by the torrential forces of these changes.  Continue reading

Between Scylla and Charybdis

Between Scylla and Charybdis

Chinese Art Since 2000

Extra Credit- Annelysse Eggold


Prior to 1980, art in China was dominated by the school of academic realism, which was directly related to the prevailing ideology of Maoist Communism, Socialism and revolutionary ideology.   All Chinese were propagandized towards working towards this ideology and Chinese art developed without the modern idea of individuality and experimentation while information about Western contemporary art, particularly modernism, was never provided in schools, introduced objectively in the mas media or acquired by students studying in the west.

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Primal Pain and Buried Beauty- Wangechi Mutu

Primal Pain and Buried Beauty:  The Enculturation of African Women Through the Eyes of Wangechi Mutu

A Reflection:  by Annelysse Eggold


Wangechi Mutu was named 2010 Artist of the Year by Deutsche Bank’s Global Advisory Council on Art, following a fifteen year evolution of artistic creation which has erupted on the stage of contemporary art as a stunningly mysterious, beautiful, horrific and almost ineffable display of the primal pain and buried beauty of African and African-American women who, over the course of four hundred years, have been mutilated physically, emotionally, and spiritually under the grinding wheel of colonialism, western culture and the mass media. Continue reading

Gerhard Richter

This extensive history and analysis of the continuation of painting in Europe and the USA in the last third of the Twentieth century (1960-2000) by Jason Gaiger is concerned with the attempt to sustain the critical and progressive impetus of painting at a time concurrent with this form of art losing its position at the forefront of ar.  It is also concerned with the temporal character of art and with its inexhaustible historical and social dimension.

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Inside the Whale: An Intro to Postmodernist Art


Paul Wood explicates his first sentence, “Postmodernism is a convenient but confusing term” with a torrent of explanations, icons and quotes from a diversity of critics, and includes his own salient and illuminating comments.

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Intro to Postmodernism- Eleanor Heartney



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Richard Feynman, renowned physicist at Cal Tech appropriately stated, “Anyone who says they understand Quantum Mechanics…does not understand Quantum Mechanics.” Continue reading

Postmodernist Art Theory

Postmodernist Art Theory- Reflection

Annelysse Eggold

Irving Sandler, and American art critic, curator and educator with a PhD from New York University, saw himself as an impartial observer of the art world, its artists and its critics.  This essay is both simple and complex. Its simplicity rests in Sandler’s intuitive understanding of the human ego…its manipulations, its fears, its desires, its struggle for identity and power, and its need to rebel against perceived authority while unconsciously striving for that same authority cloaked in a new and seemingly unique identity…in this case, the art theorist, the deconstructionist, and the nouveau Avant garde.  The story of the deconstructionist mirrors the psychic development of a human being from an obedient acceptance of the perceived and mythical powers of parents, teachers, religion and culture…to a rational stage of looking more critically at the imperfections and differences of those who would be our mentors or our masters…and then, more often than not, a stage of reaction, rebellion and reformulation of the cultural imperatives, norms, beliefs and values as mirrored in its art, literature, philosophy and ideology, whether this was the conscious intent or not. Continue reading

Sam Gathercole: Art of the 70’s

Sam Gathercole

The Minimalist Art of Sol Lewitt- Annelysse Eggold

The Minimalist Art of Sol Lewitt

The Ark of Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek

A beautiful legacy for a wonderful man… that is the story of the Ark of Beth Shalom.

Sol LeWitt, born in Hartford, Connecticut in 1928 and deceased in 2007, worked as an entry-level night receptionist and clerk in 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and is now regarded as the founder of both Minimal and Conceptual art. Continue reading

Reflection: The Creative Act by Marcel Duchamp- Annelysse Eggold

“In the creative act, the artist goes from intention to realization through a chain of totally subjective reactions. His struggle toward the realization is a series of efforts, pains, satisfaction, refusals, decisions, which also cannot and must not be fully self-conscious, at least on the esthetic plane (italics mine).

The result of this struggle is a difference between the intention and its realization, a difference which the artist is not aware of “ (Duchamp). Continue reading

Clyfford Still paper- Annelysse Eggold

Clyfford Still Paper

Abstract Expressionism- Annelysse Eggold

During the 1940’s,as the winds of war swirled with titanic force and then receded, there was an evolution of art towards a non-objectiveness that concentrated on personal expression and social alienation.  This art spoke of the subterranean insecurities, loneliness and cold war tensions beneath the façade of America’s “golden age.”  Here was an art form denounced and hypocritically denigrated as a “joke in bad taste…great string spider webs,” while all around was the evolving spider-web of cultural entrapment in materialism, mass consumerism, conformity, corporate syndication and the arachnid-like military-industrial complex. Continue reading

Smith Paragraph- Annelysse Eggold

The essence of Terry Smith’s elucidation of the evolving forms of art today is contemporaneity: the historical presence in visual culture which attempts to explain how the complexities of being in time finds and expresses itself through visual form. Continue reading

Annelysse Eggold- Intellectual Profile

1. I am a studio arts major with a focus in graphic art. More specifically I am interested in the advertisement world of art. I have always been very interested in modern and contemporary art, especially in todays society.

2. I visited the King Tut Exhibition at the Denver Art Museum as a project for ARTH and found it to be fascinating from several viewpoints:  archeological, artistic, reliquary, and as a international profit making extravaganza designed like an artistic Disneyland.

3. I read Einstein by Walter Isaacson.  On one account it is a story of a man’s life with all the attendant moments of agony and ecstasy, tears and laughter.  However the life of Einstein seems to reflect the paradox of simplicity emerging out of complexity.  It appears that genius is always willing to dare, to confront the status quo, to “take the road less traveled.”  Continue reading