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Nameless Art In The Mao Era, Tianchu Gao 2017 College of William and Mary

Nameless Art In The Mao Era, Tianchu Gao

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This research project focuses on the first generation of No Name (wuming 無名), an underground art group in the Cultural Revolution which secretly practiced art countering the official Socialist Realism because of its non-realist visual language and art-for-art’s-sake philosophy. These artists took advantage of their worker status to learn and practice art legitimately in the Mass Art System of the time. They developed their particular style and vision of art from their amateur art training, forbidden visual and textual sources in the underground cultural sphere, and official theoretical debates on art. The history of No Name not only reveals ...


Dinner, Daniel Reuben Baskin 2017 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Dinner, Daniel Reuben Baskin

Theses and Dissertations

Dinner is an interactive exhibition which presents appropriated works of art collected and hung in a clustered salon style, as well as a fully realized recreation based on a 16th century Dutch banquet still-life, which presents guests with meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, breads, and wine to share and imbibe. Dining ware is provided for guests at the entrance to the exhibit, as are suggested topics of conversation, which are presented on slips of paper for guests to carry with them throughout their time in the space. Within the collection of wall-mounted works are references to ancient Greek and Roman marble ...


Program Booklet: 28th Annual James Porter Colloquium, Department of Art 2017 Howard University

Program Booklet: 28th Annual James Porter Colloquium, Department Of Art

28th Annual James Porter Colloquium

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'Degenerate Art': The Avant-Garde In The Face Of Nazism, Margaret L. Alisberg 2017 Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

'Degenerate Art': The Avant-Garde In The Face Of Nazism, Margaret L. Alisberg

Senior Theses and Projects

In 1937, the Nazis curated the Entartete Kunst, which was a propagandistic exhibition created by Joseph Goebbels to discredit avant-garde art in Germany. The exhibition took place alongside another show, the pro-National Socialist Grosse Deutsche Kunstausstellung (Great German Art Exhibition). This paper is an depth look into why the Nazis hated the avant-garde and the threat that they felt it posed to their Aryan Society, the vital role it played in their overall agenda, their activities to discredit the art in the eyes of the German public, and how their plan against modernism eventually backfired.


Paintings Of War, Museums Of Memory, Laura G. Waters 2017 Gettysburg College

Paintings Of War, Museums Of Memory, Laura G. Waters

Student Publications

This paper examines the artists sent to the Western Front under Britain’s official war artists initiative. The government sought to utilize artwork for propagandistic purposes, and to foster emotional connection between civilian and soldier. However, the growth of the initiative to include some ninety artists complicated this. The experiences of the artists and the truths revealed to them by the conflict were vastly different, and examination of them as a whole does little to elucidate the character of the war itself. What this paper seeks to do, therefore, is examine three artists - Sir William Orpen, Lieutenant Paul Nash, and ...


Ludic Conceptualism: Art And Play In The Netherlands, 1959 To 1975, Janna Therese Schoenberger 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Ludic Conceptualism: Art And Play In The Netherlands, 1959 To 1975, Janna Therese Schoenberger

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation, the first extended study on art in the Netherlands in the 1960s and ‘70s, investigates the phenomenon of ludic art, taking its lead from Johan Huizinga’s definition of ‘ludic’ in his seminal Homo Ludens (1938). According to Huizinga, the ludic is characterized by masquerade, freedom, and purposelessness, to which I add my own theoretical contribution—absurdity. I argue that the key instantiation of Huizinga’s ideas is found in the utopian project New Babylon (1959­–74) by Constant Nieuwenhuys. In the 1960s, ludic art was deployed as a strategy of social critique that attacked from an oblique ...


Left And Right: Politics And Images Of Motherhood In Weimar Germany, Michelle L. Vangen 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Left And Right: Politics And Images Of Motherhood In Weimar Germany, Michelle L. Vangen

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Art historians and cultural critics have long debated the aesthetic and political implications of the stylistic shift in Germany from pre-war experimentations with abstraction and expressive distortion to more clear-cut figuration in their paintings during the years following World War I. They have questioned whether this shift represents a regressive return to tradition or a new artistic direction and if it should be associated with a reactionary or progressive political stance. This dissertation broadens our understanding of German interwar realism, commonly referred to as Neue Sachlichkeit, by examining representations of mothers, a popular theme in the realist painting of the ...


Open Works: Between The Programmed And The Free, Art In Italy 1962 To 1972, Lindsay A. Caplan 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Open Works: Between The Programmed And The Free, Art In Italy 1962 To 1972, Lindsay A. Caplan

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation historicizes and theorizes a group of Italian artists who were among the first to use computers and cybernetics to make artworks, developing the genre of Arte Programmata, or Programmed Art. It argues that the artists of Arte Programmata (Bruno Munari, Enzo Mari, and collectives Gruppo T and Gruppo N) turned to the generative, interactive, and probabilistic aspects of early computers not simply as new media for making art but as platforms for radically altering what it means to be a participant in an increasingly mediated and networked world. This is apparent in how each of their works deploys ...


I Like America: Painting In The Expanded Field, Isaac Aden 2017 City University of New York (CUNY)

I Like America: Painting In The Expanded Field, Isaac Aden

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Using Structuralist theory, Krauss created a Klein group diagram. the diagram included site sculpture, construction, marked sites, and axiomatic structures.Could the same strategy be applied to painting? As I attempted to engage painting from a critical perspective, I formed of a body of work entitled Painting in the Expanded Field.


The Stained Glass Windows Of The Dewey Graduate Library, Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno 2017 University at Albany, State University of New York

The Stained Glass Windows Of The Dewey Graduate Library, Kristen Thornton-De Stafeno

Dewey Graduate Library History

The history and description of the ten 20th century stained glass windows given to the Dewey Graduate Library of the University at Albany by the senior classes of the State Normal College and the New York state college of Teachers.


Presenting The Extremely Difficult Past: Günther Domenig’S Documentation Center Of The National Socialist Party Rally Grounds, Nuremberg, Germany, Rumiko Handa 2017 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Presenting The Extremely Difficult Past: Günther Domenig’S Documentation Center Of The National Socialist Party Rally Grounds, Nuremberg, Germany, Rumiko Handa

Architecture Program: Faculty Scholarly and Creative Activity

Buildings have a way of bringing the past into the present. This is important because experiences of the past often constitute impactful moments in everyday lives and allow a contemplation of existential meaning. It is an aspect often neglected by architectural professionals and critics because it lies outside the Vitruvian triad of aesthetic, functional, and structural virtues. It goes without saying that a building’s presentation of the past is ontological. In other words, individual perceptions of a building are subjective, and the building’s objective traits or histories do not guarantee that it will turn into a place of ...


The Worth Of Aura In The Work Of Fine Art Publishing, Alexander Kunin Bacon 2017 Bard College

The Worth Of Aura In The Work Of Fine Art Publishing, Alexander Kunin Bacon

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.


Memorializing Absence: The Ambiguous Place Of Holocaust Legacy In The Memorials, Countermemorials, And Museums Of Berlin, Avery Matthew Mencher 2017 Bard College

Memorializing Absence: The Ambiguous Place Of Holocaust Legacy In The Memorials, Countermemorials, And Museums Of Berlin, Avery Matthew Mencher

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.


History And Desire: A Short Introduction To The Art Of Cy Twombly, Michael Schreyach 2017 Trinity University

History And Desire: A Short Introduction To The Art Of Cy Twombly, Michael Schreyach

Faculty Authored and Edited Books & CDs

This book is meant for readers (and viewers) searching for an introduction to the major themes of Twombly’s art, and for an explanation of the techniques by which he realized his intentions. It presents a developmental history of the artist’s achievement in various media (mostly painting, sculpture, and drawing). At the same time, it addresses certain issues that concern art historians more broadly, such as modern art’s relationship to the past.


Hayashi Yasuo And Yagi Kazuo In Postwar Japanese Ceramics: The Effects Of Intramural Politics And Rivalry For Rank On A Ceramic Artist’S Career, Marilyn Rose Swan 2017 University of Kentucky

Hayashi Yasuo And Yagi Kazuo In Postwar Japanese Ceramics: The Effects Of Intramural Politics And Rivalry For Rank On A Ceramic Artist’S Career, Marilyn Rose Swan

Theses and Dissertations--Art & Visual Studies

The use and firing of clay to make art instead of vessels was a revolutionary concept in Japan when it first was introduced by Hayashi Yasuo in 1948 with Cloud, and expanded upon by Yagi Kazuo in 1954 with Mr. Samsa’s Walk. Although both avant-garde artists were major forces in the advancement of abstract, nonfunctional ceramics, Yagi is usually given sole credit and occupies a prominent place in the literature, while Hayashi’s name can scarcely be found, despite his numerous international awards, large body of work and career spanning seven decades. This thesis seeks to identify the factors ...


Lifecasting & Ubiquitous Relationships, Alexis Charlotte Williams 2017 Bard College

Lifecasting & Ubiquitous Relationships, Alexis Charlotte Williams

Senior Projects Spring 2017

My subjects do not know I exist. They do not know who I am, and they do not know their lives are the center of my painting series. But I know them - at least, I think I do. My acrylic paintings depict people in domestic spaces in specific moments in time. The relationships of person-to-person, person to space, paint to canvas and voyeur to subject drives my obsession to watch and to paint what I see. What I am seeing are a collection of pixels that make up human forms, living rooms, and kitchens. These digital bodies move through the ...


The Phallic Woman: A Reexamination Of The Problematics Of Women And Surrealism, Adrienne Anne Chau 2017 Bard College

The Phallic Woman: A Reexamination Of The Problematics Of Women And Surrealism, Adrienne Anne Chau

Senior Projects Spring 2017

To see a work by a female surrealist is, perhaps, to see surrealistically. In other words, if the canonical, Western accounts of surrealism are what we are accustomed to, then the act of seeing a work of a woman completely disorients our trained familiarity with the movement, which up until the 1970s was left undisturbed. The principles of the movement, founded on the personal investigation of one’s psyche, lent themselves as an opportunity for the surrealist woman to explore the interior sources of her creative imagination. Visual expression of their self-discovery provided a different perspective of modern woman’s ...


The Deprivatization Of Art: Dan Graham As An Art Worker, Jordana Cotilletta 2017 CUNY City College

The Deprivatization Of Art: Dan Graham As An Art Worker, Jordana Cotilletta

Dissertations and Theses

No abstract provided.


The "Postmodern Geographies" Of Frank Gehry's Los Angeles, Katherine Shearer 2017 Scripps College

The "Postmodern Geographies" Of Frank Gehry's Los Angeles, Katherine Shearer

Scripps Senior Theses

This thesis examines the ways in which Frank Gehry’s architectural contributions to Los Angeles’ social and built environment have shaped the region’s “postmodern geographies” throughout the 20th and 21st century. Through a focused exploration of three of Gehry’s postmodernist structures in Greater Los Angeles—a house, a library, and a concert hall—this thesis analyses how Gehry and his designs reflected and affected the artistic and socio-spatial development of Los Angeles’ “decidedly postmodern landscape.”


Trauma And Recovery: A Confessional Process, Mia Siracusa 2017 Scripps College

Trauma And Recovery: A Confessional Process, Mia Siracusa

Scripps Senior Theses

This paper is about a confessional painting series, which appropriates Abstract Expressionist techniques, and is on geometric canvas reliefs. The main focus through out the series is the process of my recovery from a traumatic event and the process of the creation of a language through abstraction.


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