Visiting Artist Lecture: Janine Antoni. By: Nicole Avant

For my visiting artist I chose to do Janine Antoni.  I firstly want to say that I was amazed at how many people came out to see her.  The entire 1B20 was packed to a level that I have never seen before I think that this was a huge reassurance to her that people do enjoy her work and want to see it.  Continue reading

Visiting Scholar Review Hedi Gearhart: Nicole Avant

For the Visiting Scholar lecture I chose to attend Heidi Gearhart’s lecture.  She is a post-doctoral fellow at the Getty Research Institute.  The title of her lecture was, “Is there Virtue in Virtuosity? Art and Skill in the Medieval Monastery”.  Continue reading

Yves Saint Laurent Exhibition Paper: Nicole Avant

For the exhibition I attended the show titled, “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective”. I was very excited to go to this event because this is the only place and time that it is showing in the United States. Continue reading

Clyfford Still Paper (Nicole Avant)

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Clyfford Still Paper

Clyfford Still was born on November 30, 1904. Over the course of his 76-year life his painting style changed drastically. As the roaring 1920’s turned into the Great Depression and then into World War II Still’s paintings changed. Like many painters of his time he turned to the traditions of Abstract Expressionism, which included large scale painting and all over composition. In reality, Still and the others were simply reacting to the volatile and catastrophic landscape that they were living in.
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Bay Area Figurative Movement (Nicole Avant)

I have lived in the Bay Area my entire life.  Due to this, my Art History class in high school focused on the Bay Area Figurative Movement, which happened in conjunction with Abstract Expressionism.  Continue reading

Intellectual Post (Nicole Avant)

1. I am majoring in both Art History and Humanities.  My emphasis is Film.  I would like to work as an Art Director someday.   Continue reading

Smith Reading

In his book, Terry Smith is attempting to define Contemporary Art.  Although he breaks the chapter down into many subsection he always comes back to this idea of what Contemporary Art is.  On page 241 Smith defines Contemporary Art as “the institutionalized network through which the art of today presents itself to itself and to its interested audiences around the world.  Smith uses that definition as a launch pad into other aspect of Contemporary Art including the definition that stuck out the most for me.  I agree with Smith’s notion that perhaps Contemporary Art cannot be defined and until we can look back at this time and interpret it in the context of another era I do not think that a solid definition can be attained.

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