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Contemporary Art Analysis

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Choose a contemporary painting, sculpture, or piece of art that captures your interest. This should be a piece created between the end of World War II (about 1945) and today. You may choose one of the illustrations or color inserts in the textbook, opt for an artist featured on the PBS series "Art 21," or try a virtual museum. Aim for an evaluation that notes small details in a work, considers the purpose of various elements, and perhaps investigates the artist's life.

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Mark Bradford: Scorched Earth

Mark Bradford is an artist from Los Angeles, California. His life has a lot to do with his art style. Much of his art resembles the streets and busy lifestyle of Los Angeles and the art I chose to critique is no exception to this. The piece I will be discussing is called "Scorched Earth," an art piece in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art with a primarily red background. It was made in 2006 with an acrylic gel medium, carbon paper, acrylic paint, bleach, and additional mixed media measuring about 94-1/2 x 118 inches (Mark Bradfod Exibit). Bradford's creates abstract, contemporary art with a unique style.

In "Scorched Earth," his ...

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A contemporary art analysis is examined. The purpose of various elements is determined.

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1. Choose three (3) works of art from three artists from the Baroque period through the postmodern era.
2. A description of the works including the style. Describe basic facts, as well as the visual appearance of the work (what does the viewer see? Where are key figures located? What tells us that the work is of a particular style?)
3. A summary of the artists' personal philosophies of art (if they can be found in published sources), and the prevailing trends and schools of thought in the art world at the time and in the place the artist was working. For instance, discuss what was taking place in the artist's city, country, and/or church that may have provoked a reaction from the artist or the greater society. Include any information that might help the reader understand the artist's point of view or why the artist made his or her choices in this work of art.
4. Submit the following: A cover page, a fully developed rough draft that addresses number 2 and 3, including an introductory paragraph (with a thesis statement), body, conclusion, a list of references, and images of the 3 works of art you chose.

The three works of art I chose is:
Edouard Manet, Olympia, 1863. Oil on canvas,
Edgar Degas, The Glass of Absinthe, 1876. Oil on canvas,
Claude Monet, Impression- Sunrise, 1872. Oil on canvas,

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