Photographic Analysis: “Untitled #72” (1980)

September 30, 2008 | Comments Off on Photographic Analysis: “Untitled #72” (1980)

Cindy Sherman, “Untitled #72” (1980) by Peter Zimmerman In 1980, Cindy Sherman chose to finish the Untitled Film Stills series, feeling that she had exhausted much of her subject material and had begun repeating herself. Because the photographs evoke such great nostalgia for the 1950s, mysterious European film stars, urban lifestyle, and stylized cinematic expanses, […]

Monday Quotables

September 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Monday Quotables

“Thus, if one of the major claims of modernist art theory was the insistence on the self-sufficiency and purity of the work of art, postmodern practice hinges on the assertion of contingency and the primacy of cultural codes. It follows that a significant proportion of postmodern art based on photographic usages is animated by a […]

Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

September 29, 2008 | Comments Off on Photographic Analysis: “Untitled (President: 4)” (1979)

 Sherrie Levine. “Untitled (President: 4)”, 1979. -Joan Bowlen As an example of Sherrie Levine’s work concerning questions of mass media and its role in the formation of stereotypes and a commodified culture, this 1979 collage cut-out provides a look into Levine’s early articulation of these concepts concerning artistic representation.  Using mass-produced images ripped from commercial […]

“Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on “Theme: Not Duchamp, Not Levine”

– Joan Bowlen Walk into a Dollar Tree or souvenir shop and look around at the multitude of plastic cookware, cheap costume jewelry, generic sweatshirts, and the rack upon rack of universal postcards and posters.  These are objects which, if asked for a first reaction, most people would not say that these objects are beautiful, […]

Tuesday Links

September 23, 2008 | Comments Off on Tuesday Links

Some art-related links for Tuesday: Blake Gopnik, “Retail Imitates Art. Is This A Sincere Form Of Flattery?” (Washington Post) This column looks at the ways in which a advertising agency Newmark Knight Frank in NYC appropriated the visual code of Barbara Kruger to help sell retail space via advertisement. Gopnik raises the issue of ownership […]

Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

September 22, 2008 | Comments Off on Theme: The 20th Century American Art Photographic Canon

– Peter Zimmerman Sherrie Levine’s photography of the late 1970s/early 1980s focuses on the cultural impact of authenticity, the esteem placed on the unique nature of authorship and the technical mode of production implicit in the photographic medium. However, within these larger and more broad discussions are slightly more nuanced attacks on the status quo […]

The Liminal Space

September 19, 2008 | 1 Comment

– Peter In Victor Turner’s investigation of ritual practices among the Ndembu of Rhodesia (modern-day Zambia), he theorizes that ritual follows a specific sequence of events for a subject within an ideological and cultural structure. He utilizes Arnold van Gennep’s theory of the “ritual process” found in his article “The Rites of Passage,” which breaks […]

Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

September 14, 2008 | Comments Off on Eyes Wide Shut: First Look at Cindy

~Joan Bowlen American society loves to be terrified. Nothing seems to get the public more excited than to continually consume books, movies, and interactive entertainment which instill a sense of fear and heart-pounding doom. One delights in the ability to partake of another’s terror, to throw oneself into another’s plight all the while secure in […]

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