Art Essay 2

1434 Words Mar 27th, 2012 6 Pages
‘What I like so much about contemporary art now is its ambiguity, its uncertainty. It is precisely this quality that engages and unsettles us’ – Benjamin Genocchio, art critic.
How does this view challenge traditional ideas about art? Discuss particular works such as installations, happenings and site-specific works.

Audiences make pretentious judgements on artworks due to their ambiguity and uncertainty. However, traditionally site-specific art was created to exist in a specific place, rather than to be provocative, like it can be in the present zeitgeist. Traditionally art was seen as objective, put now it has become more subjective and adds a layer of depth for the audience to question. > invite the audience in < Traditional
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Sculptures and many other objects can be placed to make a site specific art. The artwork can be permanently associated to that place in which it was constructed. Sometimes the work is only temporary and only documentation of the work is left, often selling for lots of money as it can never be the same because of the ever changing environment. Jeanne Claude and Christo changed the concept of site specific artworks by wrapping the environment such as ‘Wrapped Coast’. They also covered a political building in Germany called the Reichstag and named the artwork fittingly, ‘Wrapped Reichstag’. Another post modern artist that pushes the boundaries of art is Anish Kapoor who aims to puzzle his audience with his geometric artworks such as ‘Leviathan’.

Approaches to this question varied, with perspectives ranging from critical and historical overviews of the 20th century and more contemporary accounts of practice. Many responses identified Duchamp as pivotal in the development of postmodernism, and presented in-depth discussions of contemporary examples linking traditional ideas to support their case. Responses evidenced a strong understanding of the conceptual framework in discussions about the use of technology, shifting interpretations and audience responses as well as the diversity of issues addressed by contemporary artists. Popular artists referenced were Cindy Sherman, Yasumasa Morimura, Tracey Emin, Barbara Kruger, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst and

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