LAST Discussion Topic: Pollock’s Action Painting

Jackson Pollock, Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist)

The American Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock produced Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist), a prime example of Action Painting. This large canvas, nearly 7 x 10 feet, was painted on the ground using his infamous ‚Äúdrip technique.‚ÄĚ With carefully controlled movements, Pollock layered arcs and splatters of paint across the canvas. Pollock claimed, ‚ÄúWhen I am painting I have a general notion as to what I am about. I can control the flow of the paint. . . There is no accident, just as there is no beginning and no end.‚ÄĚ Pollock added the element of physicality to painting and established a new way of making art. His paintings created a sensation because they were unlike any art that had come before. Watch a video about Pollock‚Äôs painting process and explore the National Gallery of Art‚Äôs website on Lavender Mist.

National Gallery of Art’s website on Pollock’s painting

Video of Pollock on his process

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Discussion Topic: Unpacking Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’Avignon

Picasso, Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, 1907

Pablo Picasso‚Äôs Les Demoiselles D‚ÄôAvignon is a masterpiece of western art in the collection at MoMA.¬† Some have suggested Picasso‚Äôs painting is the most important work in Modern Art. ¬†Picasso executed over a hundred sketches and preparatory studies before completing the painting in 1907.¬† Explore the following website on the artist and the painting.¬† Pay careful attention to the sections ‚ÄúLooking at the Work‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúPreparatory Drawings,‚ÄĚ and study the details of the picture.¬† What strikes you as most interesting in Picasso‚Äôs <em>Demoiselles? </em>Do you think the painting was controversial for its time?

Columbia University’s Unpacking Les Demoiselles d’Avignon website

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Discussion Topic: Is the Art Market Out of Control?

Edvard Munch, The Scream, 1895

Edvard Munch’s The Scream 1895 goes on the auction block Tuesday night, May 2, 2012, at Sotheby’s auction house in New York City.¬† This picture is one of four versions of this iconic work of art.¬† In the last two decades, other versions of Munch’s painting have been stolen (and recovered).¬† The painting is estimated to fetch $80 million but some say it may break the record for the most expensive painting sold at auction.¬† Picasso’s Nude, Green Leaves, and Bust 1932 holds the record when it sold for $106.5 million ($95 million plus the auction house fees) at Christie’s auction house in May 2010.¬† The Picasso painting sold in just 8 minutes on the sale floor.¬† What do you think of the astronomical prices of the art market?¬† Explore Sotheby’s catalogue entry for Munch’s painting and watch the record-breaking sale of Picasso’s picture in 2010.¬† You can also watch the Munch auction live at

Sotheby’s description of Munch’s The Scream

Inside the saleroom of record-breaking Picasso auction

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The Exploration of African American culture.

Rashaad Newsome modern day take on heraldry, centuries of European tradition mashed up with hip hops latest traditions. It represents the peak of his work, history applied to side by side of high and pop art. Newsome is not just exploiting these rappers and the hip hop world in general, but likening them to medieval time warriors in a way. Adding the theme from hip hop culture of struggle and breaking out of the lower class, it seems that Newsome is in fact celebrating these people and their successes, showing them as victorious soldiers.

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Early art and Pop culture

Newsome’s art relates to the neoclassicism era. He brings back what warriors/knights usually had on during medieval battles such as a helmet and shield. He takes those details that were designed on these equipment and combines it with hip hop style. It consists of many jewels, diamonds, chains and collages of rappers. He believes that these music artists have royalty and unites it to heraldry. I do not think referencing it to history made it more relevant. In a way I felt that it was a parody to see heraldry become blinged out with hip hop chains. It’s strange looking at teeth with grills, girls and cars from music videos and connecting it with paintings from neoclassicism time. He uses very fancy frames and then adds a blinged out money symbol. His videos about herald in his generation was too much for me. I thought the clips of hands was overwhelming.

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Discussion Topic: Impossible Exhibitions, The Caravaggio Show

View of "Impossible" Caravaggio exhibit at Loyola University in Chicago

In Italy, there is a trend to launch ‚ÄėImpossible Exhibitions‚ÄĚ for renowned artists, such as Raphael, Leonard, and Caravaggio.¬† In these exhibitions, all the works of art produced by one artist are assembled together in a museum setting.¬† Unfortunately, it is impossible to pull together all the works of art that are scattered in various public and private collections across many nations.¬† The only way to display an ‚ÄúImpossible Exhibition‚ÄĚ is by projecting high-resolution reproductions of works of art.¬† For the last several years, Caravaggio: an impossible exhibition has traveled to various venues, including Loyola University in Chicago. ¬†Explore images of the Caravaggio show in the link below. ¬†Would you go to a museum to see digital reproductions of famous works of art? ¬†Do you think it is important to see ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ works of art, or are reproductions just as effective?

Gallery of the views from Caravaggio: The Impossible Exhibition

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I see how the virtual reality¬†can be used to help students¬†learn about art and architecture. ¬†Michelangelo’s defining image of the human body and¬†his creative use of light, form, and color,it has a big influence on Renaissance art and would be embraced by generations of artists.¬†¬†The room is just a simple rectngled roof by a flattened barrel vault,¬†¬†and yet it is one of the greatest treasures in the world.¬†But our eyes are ¬†drawn upwards to the ceiling.¬†At the end of the chapel is¬†the alter of the Sistine Chapel and, above the alter, the entire wall, is Michelangelo’s “The Last Judgement”. ¬†This is one of the best videos on the art in the Sistine¬†Chapel period. ¬†It is an amazing example of the potential of virtual worlds to educate.

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How a Renaissance viewer may depict Masaccio’s painting.

I think Masaccio gave the Renaissance viewer a new interest to linear perspective. From viewing the videos you can really get a closer look on what techniques he used and the Holy Trinity masterpiece looks like it took a lot of patience and dedication. A Renaissance viewer would be fascinated and delighted to see Masaccio‚Äôs painting. This vanishing point experiment gives an audience a new illusion and dimension of making a painting more realistic. I feel that the linear perspective method has become an assist for Renaissance viewers and many emerging artists. More ideas and creations would grow like how Masaccio was able to use Brunelleschi’s¬†theory to create this amazing technique.

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Discussion Topic: Bling! Rashaad Newsome’s Heraldry

This week you will explore the work of contemporary artist Rashaad Newsome who mixes earlier art with popular culture.  Read a recent New York Times article about Newsome and watch some videos about him, including one produced by the artist.  Newsome’s work was recently on  display at the Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea.  What seems historical about Newsome’s art?  Do you think the references to history make his art more relevant to you?  Why or why not?

Link to NYT article on Newsome ‚ÄúBlending Hip-Hop and Heraldry‚ÄĚ

Interview with Rashaad Newsome at Hartford’s Wadsworth Atheneum museum

Video of Newsome’s re-interpretation of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana combining clips of rapper’s hands in YouTube videos

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Announcement: Do You Know Their Names Yet?


A reminder that Exam #2 is coming up and the short list for Exam #2 is online under Class Downloads/Slide Lists. Please be sure to study the vocabulary and names listed on individual slide lists 4-6.  Also under Class Downloads is a sample exhibition review as well as the grading rubric for written assignments.

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