Category: Part 5: Contemporary Art

Part Five – Exercise 5.5: Serra on Film

Watch Richard Serra’s films Hand Catching Lead and Boomerang. Familiarize yourself with his work and say why you think he made these films. “I think the significance of the work is in its effort, not in its intentions. And that effort is a state of mind, an activity, an interaction with the world…”  – Richard Serra Both videos embrace a temporal aspect.…

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Part Five – Exercise 5.4: Institutional Audience

Does institutional critique presuppose an ‘insider’ audience requiring familiarity with artworld topics and issues or can it be understood by almost anyone spending an hour or two in a gallery? Institutional critique as part of conceptual art requires context. Context, not intrinsic in the object or work, relates to prevailing cultural conventions and knowledge. However, as the previous exercise has…

Part Five – Exercise 5.2: Barr in Reverse

What would be the significance of reversing the arrows in Barr’s chart? Make two columns – one ‘forwards’ the other ‘back’. List as many relevant concepts as you are able to develop the contrast between the two columns. Feel free to ‘cheat’ with a thesaurus. I have to admit, I had some troubles with understanding and embracing the task of the…

Part Five – Exercise 5.1: Kant Summary

Access a summary of Kant’s Critique of Judgement and select three key points that you should then further summarize in approx. 50 words each. www.sparknotes.com/philosophy/kant/section3.html   Key points selected [1] from Critique of Judgement by Immanuel Kant (1790)   1) The Beauty Aesthetic judgements of beauty are based on feeling of pleasure and depend on an interplay of imagination and understanding.…

Tilted Arc, Richard Serra, 1981, sculpture, steel, New York City (destroyed). Photo © 1985 David Aschkenas

Part Five – Exercise 5.0: Danto

Read the first three pages (at least) of Arthur Danto’s essay ‘Works of Art and Mere Real Things’ in his book The Transfiguration of the Commonplace. http://pcnw.org/files/Danto.pdf Then conduct your own ‘thought experiment’ by choosing a picture or object that is, or you can imagine to be, a work of art. Give this ‘work’ three or more different titles, then…