Yves Saint Laurent, Denver Art Museum by: Athena Brownson

Athena Brownson

Contemporary Art

April 25, 2012

Exhibition Paper # 2

Yves Saint Laurent


Yves Saint Laurent has been credited as being one of the most influential designers of the century, and after visiting the Denver Art Museum to observe the internationally respected retrospective of his works, it is evident why. Yves Saint Laurent was a French designer born in French Algeria in 1936. Yves Saint Laurent first broke into the fashion industry by working as an assistant for the house of Dior in 1955. After working with Dior for two years, Laurent came to the decision that it was time to begin his own design house, putting out his first Haute Couture collection in 1962.

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Visiting Artist Lecture, Nao Bustamente, by Athena Brownson

Athena Brownson

Visiting Artist Lecture Review

“An Evening with Nao Bustamante”

Entering this lecture, I had never heard of Nao Bustamante, and had no clue what time of art she created. Sitting down I was not sure what to expect, but once Nao Bustamante began speaking I was immediately enthralled by her theatrical presence. She began her lecture by explaining to the audience that her becoming an artist was a mistake that was never meant to be. She sadly explained how she had always considered herself to be a fraud or an amateur, and not a professional artist. While she explained this it was clear through her performance that she was up to something, and that’s when she explained that what she was saying to the audience was actually a trick, and she was indeed hypnotizing us. The goal of her hypnosis was to create an open atmosphere where her viewers could feel confortable to ask questions whenever they came to mind.

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Visiting Art Historian Lecture, Wu Hung, by: Athena Brownson

Athena Brownson

Visiting Art Historian Lecture, Wu Hung

“ The 3 Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art”

Through my studies as an Art Historian at the University of Colorado, Wu Hung has always been an art historian that I have encountered throughout my readings of Chinese art. Wu Hung is an extremely well known Art Historian, critic and Curator and is currently a professor at the University of Chicago, and an active curator.  I first encountered Wu Hung’s writings last semester while studying the Art of China, so I was very excited to go hear a lecture by an Art historian that I was already well versed in. This particular lecture by Wu Hung was regarding a show that he is currently curating and organizing that will take place in Beijing. This show will deal with the very controversial topic of the 3 Gorges Dam project that has been underway for the last decade in China.

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Clyfford Still Paper, Athena Brownson

Athena Brownson

Contemporary Art History

Professor Kira Van Lil

Clyfford Still

In the past three years of my art history education here at CU Boulder, Clyfford Still has not been one of the artists that has even been looked at when studying abstract expressionism for me. I assume in survey classes he usually gets overlooked by teachers who want to focus on artists more like Pollock, de Kooning, and Rothko; the real stand outs of the movement. Continue reading

Athena Brownson Intellectual Profile

1. My name is Athena Brownson and I am a junior working on an Art History major and a minor in peace and conflict studies. Over the summer I studied Michelangelo in Florence and Rome and absolutely loved it! I am fascinated with tattoo art and also really enjoy Mexican art revolving around “dia de los muertos”. I would really like to see if I could incorporate these themes into my thesis which I plan to write in the fall. With my art history degree I would really like to get into doing interior design, as I feel that learning about styles and art around the world will really work well with designing interior spaces.

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Terry Smith Paragraphs

In Terry Smith’s chapter “What is Contemporary Art”, Smith attempts to define “Contemporary Art” by looking at various definitions given to it by art historians in the past. Smith views “contemporary art” as a global culture that is constantly changing and growing, and also uses it as a general term used for the art that is being created at the present time. Many critics however, see contemporary art as being created outside of time, as it is constantly shifting making it “periodless” Smith notes that people have always labeled era’s of art by their style (ex: the impressionist, cubists, surrealists etc.) and due to contemporary art’s many and constantly in-flux styles an “ism” has not been appropriated to contemporary works, causing art historians to question what exactly this body of work is. Smith then goes on to explain other critic’s definitions of contemporary art, and why these definitions are either to narrow or just not correct. It seems that no definition is truly able to encompass the very different artists that are currently creating art globally.

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