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HISTART 101 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Damien Hirst, Cognitive Flexibility, Digitalglobe

History of Art
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Celeste Brusati

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Lecture 1: Introduction to Art
1. Visual images - basic viewing/thinking skills, making intelligent conversation about works of
“art” and other images we encounter every day
2. Global understanding of image making and the social construction of vision
3. Enhance critical thinkings skills and cognitive flexibility
New York art auction in 2014 - over four days, $1.66 billion was spent on postwar and contemporary art
- There are economics behind the paintings; art has monetary value and paintings before
- There are also a separation of classes because not everyone has access to culture through art (very
costly at times)
- Historically, art has been a reflection of wealth
Provenance of Vermeer’s Art of Painting
- Art objects have their own life stories as they are passed down generation to generation, acquiring
significance through its owners
- Vermeer’s painting was passed down from the painter’s wife to Hitler, which reflected
the looting of art by the Nazis (art was eventually passed on to museums)
The Ruins of the Ancient City of Palmyra - Before and After ISIS
Ancient city, which was at the center of conflict represents political importance
- Ideas of nation states and nationality are reflected through art
- ISIS broke apart art that did not align with their views
- Large Buddha of Bamiyan, (Afghanistan), constructed 554 CE before and after destruction in
Art is a political issue
- Bill protecting works of arts lent by foreign institutions passes US Senate (12/16)
- Supporters: legislation will encourage cultural exchange
- Opponents: legislation will block restitution of works seized in countries like Russia
- Russia and the US have not traded art since 2011
- What was in the news that day for art in our everyday lives
- Implications of art through politics, money, business, etc.
Damien Hirst, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living
- Shark - art is a moving target dependent on the target in which it exists - some things are
considered to be art now, but were not before
- The value/credibility of the art depends on if it’s in museum or not
- The definition of “art” has to do with perception
Hint: Not your parents’ Art History
- The quote points fun at how to people tend to view art/how people can pretend to understand art
Art/Not Art?
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