Art History as a Reflection of Ourselves Explored K. Miller BHS Art Dept
Who says that finger-painting isn’t considered fine art? Check out this detail on the right. Chuck Close. Fanny (Finger-painting), USA, 1985. Oil on canvas, 120”x84”. Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, donation of Lila Acheson Wallace.
How does the title of this work support it as a social commentary, and what is it saying? Mona Hatoum. Light Sentence, Palestine/England, 1992. Mixed media, dimensions variable. Musee’ National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou.
What happens to us when we die? Gislebertus. The Last Judgment, France, c. 1130. Stone carving, 21’wide, 12’high. West tympanum of the Church of St.-Lazare, Autun, Burgundy. The bottom band shows humans raised from the dead on the last day, while Heaven is shown on the upper left, and the scales of Judgement and Hell are on the upper right. Ronald Sheridan/Ancient Art & Architecture.
What would you do if you were 32 years old with seven children, starving at a migrant camp? Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother, Nipomo Valley, USA, 1936. Gelatin Silver Print. From the Collections of the Library of Congress.
How do you define yourself? Barbara Kruger. "Untitled (I shop therefore I am)"1987Photographic silkscreen on vinyl, 111” x 113” Courtesy Mary Boone Gallery, New York
What do you need protection from? Jenny Holzer. Protect Me From What I Want.
How can evil be attractive? Cai Guo-Qiang. Black Rainbow: Explosion Project for Valencia, Spain, 2005.
Would you die for your country? Underwood and Underwood. The Last Message Home, c. 1900. Scene at the Orange River Hospital, South Africa. National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, UK.
What does this painting mean and why would this man be considered an icon of the 20th century? Jackson Pollock. Lucifer, 1947. Oil, aluminum paint, and enamel on canvas, approx. 3’5”x8’9”. USA. Collection of Harry W. and Margaret Anderson.
How much do you love your work? Jean Gerome. Pygmalion and Galatea. ca. 1890
What are we feeding our children? Ester Hernandez. Sun Mad, USA, 1981. Color serigraph, 22”x 17”
Why is this painting so famous? Leonardo Da Vinci. Mona Lisa, c. 1503-1506. Oil on wood, 30 ¼”x21”. Louvre, Paris.
Why would you create art that would naturally self-destruct? Andy Goldsworthy. Dandelion Line, 2000. Storm King Sculpture Park, New York.
Why is Lady Liberty half dressed? Euge`ne Delacroix. Liberty Leading the People, France, 1830. Oil on canvas, approximately 8’6”x10’8”. Louvre, Paris.
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