Barbara Kruger: A Room With a View

March 11, 2009 | Comments Off on Barbara Kruger: A Room With a View

by Peter Zimmerman The act of looking at art is usually a fairly peaceful exercise. Rarely is it the sort of mental anguish that has been espoused by often-fanatical art historians of the early 20th Century who believed that disharmonious paintings could provide the catalyst for disease, insanity, or physical harm (abortions, etc). In the […]

So, we’re finally entering into the last few months before the thesis is due. We’re shooting to have a rough draft by March 7 (the beginning of spring break). That should give a good amount of time for revision, and then hopefully some time to reflect and look back on what we’ve theorized and proposed. […]

Sherrie Levine: So What?

January 24, 2009 | Comments Off on Sherrie Levine: So What?

by Peter Zimmerman “This in turn suggests that art practices predicated on the production of signature styles rather than constantly modified interventions may be especially vulnerable to neutralization of their purported critique. The history of postmodernist photography overall would appear to confirm this analysis. As various theorists have argued, a position of resistance can never […]

Looking Forward and Back: Exhibitions in 2009 and 2008

January 9, 2009 | Comments Off on Looking Forward and Back: Exhibitions in 2009 and 2008

2009 Upcoming Exhibitions: Sherrie Levine, New Work 2009 Simon Lee Gallery June 2009 The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984 (Cindy Sherman, Sherrie Levine) The Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, NY April 12 – August 2, 2009 2008 Previous Exhibitions: Cindy Sherman, New Work Metro Pictures Gallery, New York, NY November 15 – December 23, 2008 Review: […]

Barbara Kruger’s Words of Prey

November 24, 2008 | Comments Off on Barbara Kruger’s Words of Prey

by Peter Zimmerman Art does not exist and is not created in a vacuum; rather, it is constantly in negotiation with ideological shifts, cultural re-mappings, and historical motions. Rosalind Krauss, in her essay (humorously) titled “Cindy Sherman: Untitled” describes the two purported Universal Truths of the artist, as proposed by Emile Zola: that X is […]

Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

November 12, 2008 | Comments Off on Response #3: Here. In Her Head: Cindy’s Disasters

-Joan Bowlen Perhaps a reframing of my definition would be helpful in this discussion of Cindy and the portrait.  Beginning last time as I did with such a limiting definition restricted the universal sense of the portrait which I want to engender.  Though the media for which the term “portrait” is most often applied exhibit […]

Response #2: “Disasters” as The Breaking Point

November 9, 2008 | Comments Off on Response #2: “Disasters” as The Breaking Point

– Peter Zimmerman You write, “I see the portrait as the framing of the human face within a 2-D plane, using the artist’s own emotive reading of the face in order to create a sense of the sitter.” I feel this coding of the portrait verges on the archaic, thereby not allowing for more plastic […]

Response

November 4, 2008 | Comments Off on Response

— Joan Bowlen I think the ability to read these images as portraits stems from a more wide spread idea of the role that the portrait plays. I see the portrait as the framing of the human face within a 2-D plane, using the artist’s own emotive reading of the face in order to create […]

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