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Art | davelovell.net - Part 2
Aug 202010
Marcel Duchamp and the Art You Hate

When I cover 20th Cen­tury Art in my courses, I can always count on hear­ing –“…OMG, you call that art?  It’s just a dang uri­nal…” at least twice. Maybe three times… “Foun­tain” and many other pieces from the avant-garde tend to bring this type of reac­tion.  As long as I’ve been teach­ing the class I have heard sim­i­lar reac­tions, and I’m pretty sure that I had sim­i­lar thoughts the first time I viewed the work.  But I thought I might spend a few lines wax­ing enig­matic on the value of those who push bound­aries. Mar­cel Duchamp, the French born epi­cen­ter of the NYC Dada Move­ment of the post WWI era, was not merely being sen­sa­tional.  He and the con­cur­rent pro­po­nents of Dada in Zurich were react­ing […click to read the rest]

Aug 052010
Edward Hopper – Visual Melancholy

Melan­choly.  I feel bad for great words that get attached to ter­ri­ble feel­ings; I think melan­choly is one of those words.  Webster’s has its def­i­n­i­tions, but I have my own as well.  Melan­choly is so awful because it is one of those in between feel­ings; not full sor­row, but very far removed from joy.  It may be more akin to mood than feel­ing, a feel­ing has an object, some­thing that we can iden­tify and deal with.  But a mood is just a vague sense that some­thing is amiss, and if we can’t iden­tify it, we can’t fix it. The word floated into my head the other day when my Art His­tory class was look­ing at the work of Edward Hop­per. I usu­ally cover Hop­per when we […click to read the rest]

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