Thoughts on Smith’s Article

The problem with the term Contemporary Art is in the need to categorize time periods. The paraphrase of Fredric Jameson on page 245 of the article says it well. Can there be post-contemporary art? What comes after that? From my perspective, contemporary art is the art being created in the present, which quickly becomes past, which will be labeled something (usually unclever) as a period of “thought” in the future. I understand that there needs to be a system of labeling in order to speak about broader ideas with others. It is necessary to hear whether someone is talking about Romantic Art, Abstract Expressionism, or that thing Jeff Koons is trying to do. Let the art historians in the years to come deal with the labeling. We will make art.

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Nick Gagnon – Intellectual Profile

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

I am currently in my fifth year at CU. I’m in the Drawing BFA program but I also enjoy printmaking, sculpture, and creating interactive art.

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

The MFA show last fall was less than impressive (personally), but the exhibit just in the next room was amazing. There were a group of private collections on display featuring original Picasso’s and the like. http://cuartmuseum.colorado.edu/exhibition/points-of-view-selections-from-seven-colorado-collections/ Chagoya’s “Cannibal’s” soup cans were also great. They reminded me of the Wacky Packages I used to collect as a kid. Here’s a very similar example: http://www.wackypackages2007.com/ans5/couponbacks/CANNIBALS.html

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