Visual Arts Research Assignment

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  • Topic: Sculpture, Installation art, Conceptual art
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What are the characteristics of an installation? When is it first seen as an important art practice? Installation art is a term that became common in the 1960s. It was used to describe a construction or collection made for a specific space and it was usually only intended to be temporary. Installations were distinguished from the more traditional sculpture as a separate object by its physical domination of the entire space. Installations art works, do not have to be a sculpture or a painting, it can also be photography, a digital piece, a performance or a drawing. Installation, not only require the sense of sight but, sometimes also the sense of hearing and smell, these require the viewer’s interaction. Installation are particularly linked with movements during the 1960s and 1970s such as Pop art, Nouveau Réalisme, minimalism. One of the most influential of the artists involved with both Happenings and installations was Allan Kaprow; for his installation Words (New York, Smolin Gal., 1961) he combined numerous sheets and rolls of paper containing random arrangements of words with music played by several record-players, allowing spectators to walk right through this chaotic jumble.  In the late 1960s and 1970s installations became a favoured form for artists working against the notion of an art piece being permanent and collectable. Installations assumed paramount importance, given the fact that in replacing the art object with an idea by its specific context, in such works the installation as a complete entity, rather than as a collection of objects. How does the concept of installation widen our ideas about art? The Void, Yves Klein (1958)

Our ideas about art, are widen by the concept of installation, mainly due to a few factors. Firstly because installation art, not only appeals to the sense of sight, but may also appeal to other senses, and because that installation art is interactive, it means that art piece may be seen differently to different...
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