Monthly Archives: February 2014

Formal Reduction in Claus Oldenburg’s Good Humor Bar

Shapes Are No Laughing Matter: Form in Claus Oldenburg’s Good Humor Bar Claes Oldenburg’s 1970 lithograph print Alphabet in the Form of a Good Humor Bar is, in spite of its childish and miniscule subject matter, a seemingly monolithic creation. The … Continue reading

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DAC Artful Lunch w/ Professor of Art, Kate Ten Eyck

Last week at the DAC Artful Lunch Series, Professor of Art Kate Ten Eyck shared one of her favorite pieces from the collection with a group of students, faculty, and staff in the historic Alsop House. Boo Hoo is a linocut … Continue reading

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Contemporary Art on YouTube – The Art Assignment

A new channel on YouTube called The Art Assignment premiered today, with support from PBS Digital Studios. Hosted by Sarah Urist Green, former curator of Contemporary Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, with executive production by Green’s husband, noted … Continue reading

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Field Trip to New Haven

We will be viewing: 1970s Photorealism exhibition plus the modern and contemporary collection at the Yale University Art Gallery. Please read the review of the 1970s Photorealism exhibition in the New York Times, Feb. 6, 2014. “Reliable Tension” exhibition on … Continue reading

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Dadaism, Surrealism, and the Situationist International

In his Situationist saga The Society of the Spectacle, the group’s foremost theorist Guy Debord critiques the failure of the Dadaist and Surrealist movements while simultaneously admitting them to be of utmost influence on the Situationists themselves. He explains that “Dadaism … Continue reading

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Performance Art II

The Happening In Allan Kaprow’s essay “The Legacy of Jackson Pollack,” he comes to the conclusion that following the revolutionary work of Pollack, painting could progress no further and should be completely absorbed by the environment. Artists should henceforth see … Continue reading

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John Cage’s Water Walk on TV show “I’ve Got a Secret”

John Cage’s “Water Walk” (1960)

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Fluxus music performance: George Brecht’s Drip Music

George Brecht’s “Drip Music” (1959-61)

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Potentially helpful/generally interesting Warhol essay!

For anyone who’s working on the Warhol piece for their research paper, here’s an essay by John Blakinger about Warhol’s source material in his “death and disaster” works that deal with car wrecks and other creepy imagery that Warhol appropriated … Continue reading

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Abstract Expressionism in the New York Art Scene

As the art world shifted to New York from Paris after World War II, Abstract Expressionism developed as the first American art movement of international importance. Artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, and Willem de Kooning shared similar … Continue reading

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