Art Exhibit #2- Paige Lowe

Paige Lowe

Art History

Contemporary Art

30 April 2012

Art Exhibit #2


I attended the an art show on American Art over spring break in Atlanta, Georgia at the High Museum of Art. The show was amazing.  The show contained artist from Jasper Johns to Jackson Pollock.  I really enjoyed seeing the evolution of American art through the years.  The show was called “From Picasso to Warhol”

The museum is a large white building designed by Richard Meler and Renzo Piano. You walk into a large three-floor atrium that is encircled by a switch-backed walk up on one side.  After getting your ticket, you then take an elevator to the top floor to see the exhibit.  The floor plan in constructed of open rooms with fake walls to help move the crowd through the show.  There are still alcoves with multi media additions as well. The most innovative thing about the High Museum is its dictation to technology.  When you visit you can download a free app onto your smart phone. The app contains the exhibits artwork along with interesting information about each piece of work. The app is called, “High Art Clix”.  Even after the show you can still look and refer back to your favorite paintings to share with friends.  The connection between artist and viewer is linked through this app. making the experience more personalized and informative.

The exhibit contained work from Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Fernand Leger, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio De Chirico, Joan Moro, Romare Bearden, Alexander Calder, Jackson Pollock, Louise Bourgeois, Jasper Johns, and Andy Warhol.  It was wonderful to see all of these famous artists all in one place.

The very end of the exhibit contain Andy Warhol’s work. Specially, a few of his Campbell Soup paintings.  The pictures were larger then I had imagined. It was great to see some of the painting of the iconic Campbell soup cans in real life.

Jasper Johns was one of the first to use neo dada in the form of every day icons. I like that he used an ever day object to describe the contradictions of American society.  He use of icons that were once previously used just as symbols is now translated into.  Johns is expressing himself through parts that are seen as icons and as not yet complete.  He is expressing the human body as an appearing object in daily life.  The idea that the American flag is complete and seen as significant in our society.  Johns wanted to see if the audience could remain indifferent to reading message of the American icon of the American flag.  How objects interact and what these object mean in our culture.  His work title, Map was also being shown. It was wonderful to see all the colors of the USA states blending together.

I also enjoyed seeing Heni Matisse’s painting, Dance (1), 1909. The painting is interesting because he had originally drawn six figured but instead decided to only include five. Forcing two to stretch and reach for each other. Placing a ghost like figure in the lower left part of the painting.

Another important Dada influence was the discovery of the self through Rauschenberg.  His work takes the notion of the subconscious self and the environment.  Through his use of mixed materials of the textures and object that are seen in life.  The use of showing works of art through day and night. And sometimes through the expression of time and change.  His work is essential to the idea of the self in American art work.  That one can express him or her through multiple mediums.  This theme is continued through the exhibition.

The works by Pisccao were from him blue period and smaller sketches. I liked that the exhibit included art from him that was not normally expected.  For example, Nude Woman before a Statue, July 4, 1931. His sketches were interesting to see how he starts paintings and his through process.

Autumn by Jackson Pollock was in the exhibit as well.  I had never seen the work in life before;  I was blow away.  Pictures in books do not do the piece of work justice.  It was a breathtaking to experience.  The style of Pollock’s Autumn is planned random lines that go all the way to the boarder of the piece.  Enhancing the idea that the his work has no boarder.  Giving emphasis to a chaotic feeling.  Since the work of art is large, it forces the viewer to feel anxiety over the chaos of the painting.  Overall, Pollock’s Autumn painting was my favorite to experience while at the exhibit show.  I was amazing to finally get to see in real life the painting that has so much excitement around it.

By the end of the exhibit show, I was left wanting more. If I did not have to leave for a family dinner, I like to think I would of gone through the exhibit one more time before leaving. The show defiantly made me appreciate art more.

Artist Lecture – #2- paige lowe

Michael Franti

            I attended the Michael Franti concert because the artist lecture that had been schedule at 7pm was changed to 6pm when I could not attend. While others were at the Obama speech, I decided to attend Franti. Mainly because I could not be an Obama ticket. I am so happy with the decision I made. I experienced an amazing musical artist.

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In march I went to visit my family up in Jackson Hole, WY for a ski weekend. While visiting my sister took me to a local bar to see a concert. At the concert there was a man painting on a lighten screen images that matched the music. I loved seeing the artistic addition to music. The painting mimicked the music, making the experience more intense.

The movement to have an artist accompany a musical performance has become more popular in our culture. The visual experience of music and art is now combining in ways that have never done before. Bring a more emotional experience to the viewer. I think the addition of using artist work in a musical performance has changed the expectations of music for the better.

I really enjoyed my time in Jackson Hole and I look forward to my next musical performance with an artist accompanying the music.

Artistic Lecture #1- Paige Lowe

Artist lecture

The lecture was held in the Denver Art Museum. The lecture room was black with bright red seats. On the walls were sharp angled lines criss-crossing randomly, mimicking the steep angles of the building seen when walking into the building. The main wall was colored in the same bright red color as the seats. The room has off an intense feeling that I assume is suppose to go along with the design of the building. However, the overall effect of the room gave me a headache. I did not like the bright red contrasting if the stark black walls.

The lecture lasted over an hour with a few questions from the audience.  – Richard Tuttle did not follow a pre planned lecture. He seemed to talk freely from his thoughts, which was confusing to understand his artwork. He had difficultly answering audience questions. He had trouble communicating the meaning behind his works to the audience. He constantly was saying that he placed objects to question reality. Then he would go on a small tangents about his life, such as about his daughter, his trip to Denver, and his mental process. he used numerous materials to complete his works. From home made rice paper to saran wrap.

He mentioned that he should not of included one of his works of art, System 3, Measurement. Although he was encouraged to remove the piece by the curators he refused to because he was very attached to the work. System 3, Measurement does stand out from the others pieces of work and it is missing the differencing levels the other works contain. However, I really enjoyed this piece of work, the feathers are beautiful and t he bird feels to new flying. This piece shows a different subconscious of the mind. I think the bird may reflect dreaming. The show would have been missing a different aspect of his work without it.

Overall, the meaning of his work is to show the different levels of perceived reality. His work has a psychological component. He does not set the base of the works on the ground because he wants to show the foundation of the mind and reality. In his work, he shows the levels of reality the best. The dripping mass into the floor and the stairs going above the base level all show that reality is subjective onto the person, that reality can go above and below what we perceive as reality in our minds.

The show was set apart from the other works by an open walk through making the price the main focus of the show. The work contains paper mâché balls that are wrapped in plastic saran wrap. Overall, I really enjoyed experiencing an artist lecture and seeing how his work is created.

Visiting Artist #2

Emily Potter

April 30, 2012


Artist Lecture #2

Lawrence Argent

Lawrence Argent is an installation artist who is interested in visual perception and recognition of an object.  He presented his lecture at the Denver Art Museum in the Hamilton Hall.  He is extremely fascinated when the idea of exploration with how one interacts with his installations and the process of how the audience relates to it.  However, though I chose to attend this lecture, I had a very hard time appreciating his work. Continue reading

Visiting Artist #1

Emily Potter

April 30, 2012


Artist Lecture #1

 Janine Antoni

Janine Antoni is a contemporary artist who mainly focuses on the idea of process.  She uses her body, hair, eyelashes, and even mouth as tools to perform these everyday acts to create her work.  Many of her works express not only process, but materiality, the body, her art historical background, and cultural perceptions of women.  Her well known works Gnaw and Love and Care are perfect examples of using her body, or parts of it and the cultural perceptions of women.   Continue reading

Middle East Lecture 4-17

The lecture today about Middle East art was interesting, but what really caught my attention was Turbulent by Shirin Neshat.  It is a nine minute video in black and white.  On one side a middle eastern man sings on stage with an audience behind him.  While he walks on stage, the other side of the video (on opposite walls for the original installation) is a woman walking on stage, back turned from the camera, facing empty chairs of the auditorium.  The man begins to sing facing the camera.  Music accompanies the man and the camera stays still.  Once the man is finished singing, the audience claps and the woman begins.  No music accompanies the woman.  Instead, she goes by her own melody and rhythm; her own vibrato and crescendo.

I was overwhelmed by the woman’s performance.  Once she began, I completely forgot about the man’s.  Her voice was so powerful and emotional, but adding more to it was her facial expression.  I feel that the simple lighting even drew my eyes more onto her face and pay more attention to her passion.  I was blown away.

Hearing the woman create her own masterpiece clearly gave out the impression that women from the Middle East do not need to be sympathized. They have the capability to use their own voice and express themselves, maybe, even more than men.

This was a piece that really grabbed my attention for the first time in a long time.  Being an art student makes it easy to zone out during art lectures because the majority of the time we have already learned about the piece we are looking at.  Shirin Neshat’s piece really woke me up and made something spark inside my head.  I really, really thought it was something else. Amazing.



Intellectual profile Emily Potter

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

I am a Super Senior and Studio Art major with an emphasis in Digital Art.  I did have a main focus in photography, but I took classes at CU and they were not what I was expecting at all.  The instructor was terrible and extremely unsupportive, which was very discouraging as a new art student.  After having a horrible experience with photography, I went and played with Digital Art with Matt Weedman and fell in love with it.  He encouraged me and told me I had an eye for it and to stick with it.  Greatest man, ever.  Ever since, I have gotten back in touch with photography, but have expanded it with my digital focus. Continue reading

Terry Smith’s “What is Contemporary Art?” Response

In this piece “What is Contemporary Art?” by Terry Smith, Smith provides a definition for what contemporary art is. Smith states that although contemporary art has many different definitions, it seems to define itself. Smith also states, contemporary art “is what we say it is, it is what we do, it is the art that we show, that we buy and sell, that we promote and interpret”. Contemporary art is also affected by society and society is affected by it, making it a very important part of society today. Because of this it is also able to spread world wide through many different societies and cultures throughout the world, such as tourism or even mass media. It is roughly defined as the same kind of art throughout the globe bringing artists from all over together, which also makes it almost impossible to define contemporary art as one specific style like past art movements.

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Smith Paragraph

Contemporary Art has several different meanings and interpretations.  It takes place in areas such as fashion and design, politics, and education, while having a constant expansion in the art world.  It has been a continual question on what “Contemporary Art” would transform into.  Some questioned if it would ever become “periodlessness”.  It has transformed into a permanent “unfolding of the visual arts”.

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