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Contemporary Art

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Topic #1
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, or try a virtual museum (check the links in this week's My Humanities Kit).

Before you begin writing your post, view the "Closer Look" art critiques from the unit My Humanities Kit resources. Consider what features are discussed in the piece you select. Aim for an evaluation that notes small details in a work, considers the purpose of various elements, and perhaps investigates the artist's life.

In the post, begin by introducing the piece of contemporary art created between 1945 and present. What is the title? Who created it and when? What is the style? How would you describe it to someone who had not seen it? Finally, explain why viewing this work is a valuable experience.

Topic #2
Art can often mean different things to different people. Is this a strength or a weakness? Janaro and Altshuler (2012) argue, "The treasure of art, however, is that its reality lives on after its subjects die. The final product is an addition to reality, not simply a way of reproducing it" (108). Assess this argument. What do you think?

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Please answer each topics separately. thank you!
Topic #1
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, or try a virtual museum (check the links in this week's My Humanities Kit).

In the post, begin by introducing the piece of contemporary art created between 1945 and present. What is the title? Who created it and when? What is the style? How would you describe it to someone who had not seen it? Finally, explain why viewing this work is a valuable experience.

The contemporary piece of art chosen is "Equivalent VIII", which is typically referred to in the art world as "The Bricks", which was made by Carl Andre. ...

Solution Summary

Analyzing contemporary artist Carl Andre, this response chooses to highlight the concept and view behind his work.

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