VIC101H1 Lecture Notes - Yayoi Kusama, Kazimir Malevich, Horst-Wessel-Lied

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Published on 14 Apr 2013
School
UTSG
Department
Victoria College Courses
Course
VIC101H1
Professor
October 29, 2012
Reviews:
- Don’t use “genius”, “beautiful”, “great”, “good”
- Can say “in my opinion the artist uses paint beautifully because he layers colour over…”
- Description is important, factual info, going beyond text in gallery
- Analysis - “handles paint” & discuss how he layers paint over others; Evan Penny - technical
aspect, using hyperrealism & define; if you say “it had a surreal feeling” explain how (surreal
feeling, creating a sense that I was surrounded by real people); & link it back
- Question use of adjectives
- Factual information: what it looks like, size & scope of it, define it (is it a photograph; Evan
Penny - it’s not just sculpture, it’s photos too)
- Not for someone who’s seen it
- Hone in to a couple pieces
- Installation as a medium for art - e.g. Film playing at the same time
- Installation of how the exhibit was set up - if significant (deliberately set up in a certain way -
or badly set up)
VIS120 Final Exam
Date: Wed Dec. 10, 2012
Time: 2:00- 4:00
Location: SS2117
Minimalism
- Kasimir Malevich - called first Minimalist (even though he was 40 years ahead; Suprematist)
- 1913 - Suprematism - wholly manmade, not found in nature
- 1960s - Minimalism; reaction to Abstract Expressionism
- Minimalists were influenced by composers John Cage; composer sat down at the piano for 4:33
and did nothing => performance is not about music but about listening
- Audience = listening to acoustics of room itself
- Artist, like musician, wanted audience to complete work
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- 1959 - Yayoi Kusama - not Minimalist but similar style: she covered the canvas with black
paint and then layered lightly on top
- “Is originality in art necessary in the future? Not necessarily” - 2nd wave of Abstract
Expressionists wanted to be original and new
- Kusama distanced herself from newness, originality
- Tailored canvases to size of gallery walls where they’d be exhibited
- Dot works - exploration of obsessive tendency - repeating actions over and over nearly
infinitely
- Made up to 100 watercolors a day
- Obsession in art = generational (those who grew up during traumatized childhood in WWII)
- Freud: trauma in childhood leads to OCD in later life
- Kusama was 12 when Japan bombed Pearl Harbour; 15 when US dropped atom bomb on
Hiroshima and Nagasaki
- Kusama - not Minimalist but related to and inspired Minimalist artists
- Most Minimalists started as painter
- Frank Stella - only one remained known as a painter in Minimalist style
- Born in 1936 in Massachusetts
- Art recognized for innovations
- Made it as an artist at age 25 (most artists we’ve looked at until now didn’t gain recognition
until 40s)
- Cast aside illusionistic space for reality
-Die Fahne Hoch = same proportions as Nazis’ banners
- Black paintings = 1958-1960; 24 paintings
- Shaped canvas - white spaces aren’t the canvas
- Wanted to replace subjective, symbolic, surrealist nature of Abstract Expressionism with logic
- Painting about painting - referencing themselves across the surface
-Six Mile Bottom - commercial paints, house painting brush
- “Only what can be seen there is there… you can see the whole idea without any confusion”; no
reference (AE had references - e.g. Motherwell to Spanish Civil War; De Kooning to female
figure)
- Six Mile Bottom = first shaped canvas
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Can say in my opinion the artist uses paint beautifully because he layers colour over . Description is important, factual info, going beyond text in gallery. Factual information: what it looks like, size & scope of it, define it (is it a photograph; evan. Penny - it"s not just sculpture, it"s photos too) Installation as a medium for art - e. g. film playing at the same time. Installation of how the exhibit was set up - if significant (deliberately set up in a certain way - or badly set up) Kasimir malevich - called first minimalist (even though he was 40 years ahead; suprematist) 1913 - suprematism - wholly manmade, not found in nature. 1960s - minimalism; reaction to abstract expressionism. Minimalists were influenced by composers john cage; composer sat down at the piano for 4:33 and did nothing => performance is not about music but about listening. Audience = listening to acoustics of room itself.

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