Art21 Video: Boundaries

Elissa Buchalter

I recently just watched the Art 21 Video on PBS titled “Boundaries”.  This particular Art21 video is about the kinds of boundaries artists face everyday. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Paper 2

Elissa Buchalter

Visiting Artist Paper 2: Janine Antoni


Janine Antoni received her BA degree from Sarah Lawrence College and graduated from RISD with her MFA.  Her artwork is mostly process based and has a performative quality to it.  She often uses her own body to create her works, such as her hair, mouth, etc.  She uses her body to create her art/performances by enacting everyday activities. Her work explores the issues of femininity, material objects, and the body. Continue reading

Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective at the DAM

Elissa Buchalter

Contemporary Art Exhibit Paper- Yves Saint Laurent

Currently showing at the Denver Art Museum is the Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective.  Over Spring break I was able to attend this incredible exhibit, which will only be shown in Denver, Madrid, and Paris.  This exhibit features over 200 of Yves Saint Laurent’s haute couture fashions showcased alongside photographs, personal sketches/notes, videos, and replicas of the designer’s fashion studio.  This exhibit follows a timeline starting with how YSL began his career in fashion and walks the viewer through his life’s works/accomplishments regarding haute couture.  This show conveys the true art of high fashion and how a garment can be a form of wearable art. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Lecture Paper

Elissa Buchalter

Visiting Artist Paper #1


Arlene Shechet is a ceramic artist from New York that came to speak at the University of Colorado Visiting Artist Lecture Series last Tuesday. Arlene received her BA from NYU and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Continue reading

Clyfford Still Paper

Elissa Buchalter

Clyfford Still

Clyfford Still was an incredibly crucial part of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the United States.  He was a key leader within this movement of action painting and color field painting.  His works consists of everything from landscape and figurative work to complete abstractions of form and color.    Continue reading

more people attend museums than football games? (Elissa Buchalter)

I found the fact that more people attend museums than football games very interesting.  I absolutely believe this, because the museum space is more accessible than ever nowadays.  Museums are not an “elitist” past time anymore and museums are not “stuffy” or upper crust as I personally think they have been in past history.  Museums and the gallery space in my opinion are working really hard to cater to the everyday person and create engaging and approachable environments for people to explore and interact with the art.  I also love how museum now offer free days every so often (a lot of times the first saturday of each month) which encourages and opens up the space to anyone, regardless of socioeconomic status.  I think more people are choosing to attend museums than watch football games because it is an experience that has become much less intimidating than in the past.  Museums in my opinion have made a good effort in employing knowledgeable volunteers and staff and utilizing technology to help the viewer understand the art being seen further.  For example, people can rent the headphones that discuss each painting in detail and now people can scan their SmartPhones on certain barcoded next to a paintings title and a whole explanation will appear on the phone.

Intellectual Profile (Elissa Buchalter)

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

Hey everyone! I am a sophomore and am currently a studio art and art history double major here at CU.  I have explored many other options and had a hard time deciding on what to major in because i tend to like everything.  Continue reading

“What is contemporary art?” by Terry Smith

“What is contemporary Art?”  By Terry Smith

The article “What is Contemporary Art?” by Terry Smith discusses what the meaning of contemporary art really is.  Contemporary Art isn’t s specific movement within art history and many people struggle to define it or do not know exactly what it is.  According tot Smith contemporary Art is a culture and a trendsetting force.  It can be viewed as a “scene” within society.  Contemporary art can be defined as whatever we deem it is.  It is art that is current and relevant in our culture and society right now.  It has a lot to do with happenings and current movements occurring throughout the world.

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