Kimsooja: Crystal Palace

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Viviane Le Courtois: Edible?

Shelby Simpson

BMoca Exhibtion Paper

Viviane Le Courtois: Edible

After spending a lovely afternoon, shopping around for fresh locally grown produce, and two rounds of the best vegetable dumplings at the farmers market, I walked into the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art to see what the museum had to offer.  Being the first time I have visited the BMoCA, I was pleasantly surprised by the omnibus of the building.  The museum is only two floors, giving artist the opportunity to really invest in a particular idea.  In this case, I was fortunate enough to experience Viviane Le Courtois’ exhibit.  Continue reading

Visiting Artist Lecture: Janine Antoni

Shelby Simpson

Visiting Artist Lecture

Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is a Bahama’s born artist, who received her BA from Sarah Lawrence College in New York, and earned her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1989.  Antoni is considered by many to be a “smart artist.”  Her work is performance and sculpture based, where she considers everyday activities, such as bathing, eating,  sleeping, when making art.  Antoni’s predominant medium in all of her works, is her body.  Continue reading

Logan Lecture: Lawrence Argent

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Lawrence Argent is a English born artist, who studied sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia and has a MFA from the Rinehart School of Sculpture at the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.  Continue reading

John Perreault

I just came across this art review of the Clyfford Still Museum. I thought it was an interesting perspective, one that we normally don’t hear.

Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

After revisiting Yinka Shonibare’s work from last Thursday’s lecture on African art, I started to grow an interest in his title, “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.” Yinka Shonibare was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He moved back to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art and then at Goldsmiths College.  Yinka Shonibare’s work focuses on the pre-colonization in Africa and their relationship to present day globalization. He mixes old Victorian style customs with traditional African fabrics to create a unified cultural sculpture . The merging of the two African and European cultures addresses the conflicts and the progression of becoming equal.  I find his concept of merging two cultures together to be very relevant to his personal life and to his MBE title.  For a English born Nigerian, to reflect on the English society he lives in and the culture he is originally from, poses several of questions for me.  Such as, what is more important his heritage, the society he lives in now, or globalizing the two together.  I believe Yinka Shonibare is a successful artist because he addresses his Nigerian culture.  But this poses another question, does a black artist have to address being black, to be successful??? And the same goes for a female, an Asian, a Latino.  Can’t they make art that does not address the issues of being for they are??

Clyfford Still Essay

Shelby Simpson

ARTH 3539

Clyfford Still Paper

Due January 31, 2012


Clyfford Still: The Rediscovered Artist of Abstract Expressionism


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Shelby Simpson

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

I am a sophomore studying studio art, with an focus in sculpture.  I enjoy working in this area, because the opportunities endless.  I am generally attracted to courses that address social behaviors and human connections.  I tried to interpret these ideas into my own work. Continue reading

Smith Reading

“What is Contemporary Art,” by Terry Smith is an article that addresses the question of what is the true definition of “contemporary” “art”. Smith begins by explaining that contemporary art is not a particular movement within a specific art period. But rather an,”institutionalized network” where art is presented globally and is constantly changing. Contemporary art is defined by what is current, new and fresh.  Although contemporary art is a “new” and up and coming idea of art, it does not have a common theme, and thus may seem “periodlessness.” Contemporary art has a wide range of mediums, styles, concepts, and artistic approaches.  Consequently it makes it very difficult to categorize what this movement is even about.  Also to consider about contemporary art, is the fact it is happening globally.  Therefore, there is no local but a world wide influence within the arts.  Giving everyone an opportunity to create something original.

I feel that most artists wish to create art that is different from what we have previously seen in history.  And because of this anything an artist creates is considered to be contemporary. In my option, I believe that contemporary art is something that will never be given a particular theme and ot will never leave.  I think that with our world continuing to change at such a fast pace, we will never have a  static  art movement. Art, in my option has become a competition for what is new or what has not been thought about.