Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26)
Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26) AH 110
Popular in World History of Art and the Built Environment
Popular in Art History
verified elite notetaker
This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Stephanie Rivo on Thursday August 25, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to AH 110 at University of Illinois at Chicago taught by Omur Harmansah in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 76 views. For similar materials see World History of Art and the Built Environment in Art History at University of Illinois at Chicago.
Reviews for Introduction: Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26)
Report this Material
What is Karma?
Karma is the currency of StudySoup.
You can buy or earn more Karma at anytime and redeem it for class notes, study guides, flashcards, and more!
Date Created: 08/25/16
Introduction Week 1 Reading (Aug 22 - 26) Art history is a combination of two words. To explain “Art History,” the author first explains “Art,” then how it applies to “History.” This is where the two main sections that follow come from: What is Art? and What is Art History? What is Art? In the traditional sense... Art is mainly associated with what is “beautiful” (Pro fessor said he h ates this word). Quotes in the reading ❖ “...the quality, production, expression, or realm of what is beautiful, or of more than ordinary significance.” - Random House Dictionary (quoted in reading) ❖ “Something human made that combines creative imagination and technical skill, and satisfies an innate desire for order and harmony--perhaps a human hunger for the beautiful.” But in modern/contemporary art... Things like “beauty. ordered design, or technical skill,” are no longer necessary. The new goal of art in our time is more towards making people think. Quotes in the reading ❖ “The focus is often far from questions of transcendent beauty, ordered design, or technical skill, and centers instead on the conceptual meaning of work for an elite target audience or the attempt to pose challenging questions or unsettle deep-seated cultural ideas.” Art in this book... Are representations (artifacts) of past and present cultures. Generally when something is considered art, it’s because has more purpose to it than just a use/function. Quotes in the reading ❖ “The works of art discussed in this book represent a privileged subset of artifacts produced by past and present cultures.” ❖ “Labeling objects as art is usually meant to signal that they transcended or now transcend in some profound way their practical function, often embodying cherished cultural ideas or asserting foundational values.” Art’s interpretation and value changes over time. We, as interpreters, “are conditioned by our own education and experience.” “...definitions of art and artistic value are subject to change over time.” Example! (Not sure if I’m allowed to include images… google the name! ;D) Rothko’s “MAGENTA, BLACK, GREEN, ON ORANGE” (fig Intro-1) 1. Considered “the epitome of artistic sophistication” (very respected art piece) 2. General p ublic was skeptical because... a. No technical skill b. No clear subject (what the heck was it about???) c. “That’s not art, my child could do it!” 3. Rothko explained that he purposely wanted to capture childlike qualities. a. This justification brought global appreciation for the abstract artwork Art isn’t always made by artists! :o We, as interpreters, “are conditioned by our own education and experience.” “...definitions of art and artistic value are subject to change over time.” Example! Martha Knowles & Henrietta Thomas’ “MY SWEET SISTER EMMA” (fig Intro-2) 1. A friendship quilt > Quilts at the time were only meant to be functional a. Simple composition with blocks of color arranged in a pattern 2. Made in 1843 ( for general reference. Don’t stress about memorizing that date.) 3. In 1971 (over 100 years later), quilts were compared to Rothko’s painting a. Quilts were accepted as art, and hung in museums!! 4. Political discussion was sparked > “the definition of art had to be broadened” Closing thought: “Definitions of art are rooted in cultural systems of value that are subject to change.” Different context, different definition of “art” :) Hope you found this helpful! If I can, I’ll be updating this to include the second portion, “What is Art History?” soon. Hopefully my format of note taking and summarization work for you. I’ll be uploading not very Friday night! So stay tuned if you can. Thanks for reading!
Are you sure you want to buy this material for
You're already Subscribed!
Looks like you've already subscribed to StudySoup, you won't need to purchase another subscription to get this material. To access this material simply click 'View Full Document'