Contemporary Art History Notes

Topics: Pop art, Art, Photorealism Pages: 8 (1066 words) Published: April 15, 2014
Reminiscent of Dada – found object and happenings

Claes Oldenburg

“The Street” & “The Store” 1961 located at the Ray Gun Theater What part is nature? What part is new?

Found object
A “street” and “store front” in a new venue
He is not creating, these are things are found and are to be viewed as art because of how they are paired. Cardboard burnt and disheveled. Demonstrating a store front, view from street.

No single focus. Similar to happening dada preformances.
Probably still using “good” poetry
Everything is an artistic experience, no single focus.

Wht is he trying to communicate. Its not anti-culutral like dada, instead its just right off the streets. ~~The bridging of art and life.

Big problem with happenings-
People where not thinking about technology
With technology you can take pictures and video to document. Even though they had the camera it just wasn’t really used. Video tape- new thing

“Ray Gun Theater” was the location

Not a pretty place, must have called it art.
You are forced to look at it as art. New view

One foot in the past, a little dada or a small happening. But relating to the now Themes and objects of a store, but presenting them in a new fashion.

Fake hamburgers and hotdogs
Critics where negative, but commercially he was okay.
Assortment of pasteries
Chuck taylors
Small space small objects
When he was given a bigger space he made bigger objects.
Slice of chocolate cake and big ice cream cone.
There is a transition
(teacher said he might have done it because its more practical)

he is the inventor of “soft sculpture”

Floor cake (giant piece of cake) 1962
Synthetic polymer paint and latex on canvas, filled with foam rubber and cardboard boxes.

First food from the store, then starts making appliances
i.e. the soft toilet.
Soft electric mixers
Is there a sexual innuendo?

Think about salvidor dali surrealistic method

Claes Oldenburg
Geometric mouse, scale A

Claes Oldenburg
Proposed colassal monument for park avenue, new york: good humor bar, 1965. Drawing for a monument and sells the drawings as well.

Pizza pie painting

Huge clothes-pin, but could be two people hugging and kissing


Culture as Nature:
Pop Art Rising

the turn in art:
culture becomes inspiration
taking a mass produced whatever and taking it as art.
Anonymous brush stroke
Its not the artist experience

Lucas Samaras, Mirrored Room, 1966. Wood and mirrors
Lucas Samaras, Photo Transformation

Lichenstine and Warhol


Pop Art

Transistional Artists
Pop Art in Britain
Pop in the USA

Not quite Pop art yet.
Comes from social ethics, really very serious.
Britain pop art starts off in the 40s, the USA start off in the 50s Britain you can move up n social class by going into the arts or church

Commercial art is to SELL

The independent group 1940-1955(disbanded)
re-evaluated modernism and created the "as found" or "found object" aesthetic Very influenced by futurism
The 1920-21 italian futurists.
Manifesto – push into the future-movement- tram car 1930s
Fractured images like Duchamp nude descending a stair case, very inspiring to the futurists→ later on influence the independent group

Eduardo Paolozzi
“It’s a Psychological Fact Pleasure Helps Your Disposition” 1948 “Gold from 10 collages from Bunk” 1950
Taking images from magazine (Lucille Ball, orange juice, retro mini mouse, can of tuna) Fascinated with consumer goods
(before America)
popular culture everything is mass marketed.
Collages – old idea from Picasso

Movies, mickey mouse, Lucille Ball, American comes into its own Steel factories, womens clothing, everything built here in the USA. Women in the work place because men off to fight (rosie the riveter)

British pop art is closer to dada tradition then surrealism, and more politics involved in...
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