Exhibition Paper, CU Art Museum

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Exhibition Paper 2, CU Art Museum

Taking advantage of our campus’ fantastic museum, I decided to visit the exhibit, Keeping it Real: Korean Artists in the Age of Multi-Media Representation. This exhibit is especially relevant in the contemporary world because it showcases non-Western artists without highlighting their cultural identity Continue reading

Extra Credit, Visiting Artist Kakyoung Lee

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Kakyoung Lee, 2 April.

I had the opportunity to attend a much smaller visiting artist lecture through my Drawing 4 class. Kakyoung Lee is a Korean artist who works out of New York. Her work mainly involves video installations along side the still drawings she uses to create her stop motion animations. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Paper 2, Janine Antoni

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Janine Antoni, 20 March.

It goes without saying that Janine Antoni is an iconic performance artist who is very well known in the contemporary art world today. Her work is biographical, feminist, and extremely personal. Continue reading

Visiting Artist Paper, Arlene Shechet

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Arlene Shechet, 7 February

Arlene Shechet is a ceramic, mixed media and sculptor, specializing in exploring her identity and her place in the world. Her artistic journey begins with a dive into East Asian motifs, Continue reading

Laura Marshall – The Clyfford Still Experience

While not in the limelight when it comes to an everyday knowledge of Abstract Expressionism, Clyfford Still remains one of the most influential artists in the movement. His unique early life and experiences with art make him the perfect example of the progression from representation to abstraction in American art of the 1950’s.

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Laura Marshall’s Intellectual Profile

1. I am currently studying Studio Art with an emphasis in Drawing and Painting, and also French. I love that now my hobbies have become something that may turn into a career someday. After I graduate next December, I plan to move to France for at least a year, perhaps longer. Eventually, I’d like to open a gallery while still having time to concentrate on my own work. Art is an essential ingredient in every aspect of society, and I love that when I create art I can touch a different part of the world I had not experienced before.

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Smith Paragraph

Contemporary art, as Terry Smith demonstrates in this excerpt of “What is Contemporary Art?”, is difficult to define. He finds this art period, if one can refer to today’s art as a movement at all, in a state of constant flux that makes generalizing the emerging global art community entirely impossible. This is an issue for art historians, artists, curators, and admirers alike — if contemporary art escapes definition, or remains a self-defining concept, then what is the next step? Smith’s logic points to a strange truth, no definition of a movement then makes the movement infinite, such that there are no new ideas that emerge, since one cannot distinguish any self-defined work from another contemporary work. The emergence of mass media, aided by technology, gives contemporary artists new tools to exemplify their ideas, mainly through what Smith refers to as the “iconomy”, a new language of imagery that perpetuates all media, thus becoming relevant to any aspect of the new human condition. Where contemporary art falls short however, is the myth of the spectacle. Artists feel forced, as following a modernist perspective, to sell themselves short by appealing to a global audience that feeds on celebrity and scandal which is viewed through an increasingly short attention span. The views on contemporary art, as Smith demonstrates, then become extremely polarized.

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