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    African sculpture is most often figurative, representing the human form. It is primarily fashioned from wood. The African sculpture can be described as monumental, meaning that the figure or form is not separated from the wood in which it is carved, which gives is a feel of heavy permanence. These aspects are visible in the African sculpture, Figure of Bena, Mboi, Yunger people in Nigeria 14th-16th century, Nigeria, Eastern Gongola Valley, and Figure of the Jukan people 19th-early 20th century, Nigeria, possibly Taraba River Valley, possibly Wurbon Daudu. Both sculptures are used as a form of communication, exaggerate bodily characteristics, and are in the round sculptures. However, their physical features vary in form and shape, which…

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    Within the excerpt from “Looking at African Sculpture”, Frank Willett discusses the perception of African sculpture in western culture. Furthermore, certain aspects of these art pieces can be enjoyed without background, whereas others need the context. For example, the physical features of a sculpture can be enjoyed by a viewer without knowing any background knowledge. This satisfaction can arise from an individual's own judgements or even certain aesthetic qualities that the piece possesses.…

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    The development of sculpture are closely associated the emergence of human society. It is the history of human identity recording the thoughts, culture, and aesthetic concept of the people at that age, also reflects the pursuit of one generation to another generation. Commemorative Portrait of a Chief (Lefem), an African wood sculpture from 19th to early 20th century, is a portrayal of one of the ruler of Bangwa chiefdoms . In contrast, The Marble Statue of a Youthful Hercules, a Roman marble…

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    My trip to the Barnes Foundation museum was enjoyable and informative. On my trip, as we moved through the galleria I was astounded by how the rooms in the galleria were arranged. It was not like your average museum, with one or two paintings on the walls with a description of it underneath. Instead, there were rooms with paints all over the walls, along with iron work that correlated with the pieces. Our tour guide elaborated on how he did not wish for there to be a description under the pieces…

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    John Biggers Baptism

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    This paper will analyze and compare two works of art from Hampton University’s Museum. The first is John Biggers’ Baptism, and the second Lloyd Toone’s Natty Dred. This paper will specially analyze themes of culture and labor as they pertain to both works of art. John Biggers’ Baptsim is a colorful painting depicting quite surrealistically several aspects of African and African American life. It was created in 1989 and it’s medium is oil and acrylic on canvas. Firstly, while the painting is…

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    Sculpture is a form of visual art that has been used throughout human history. It involves the process of taking items, and constructing a three dimensional form. People have been applying this form of art when they wanted to praise their gods, leaders, or heroes. Also when they wanted to display their feelings and desires into their work. Some artists even stick items together randomly just to see what the outcome would look like. Woodcarving is a form of art that is cheap, and easily…

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    The Illegal Operation an Essential Contribution to Social Protest/Affirmation This paper will focus on the sculpture, The Illegal Operation (1962) by Edward Kienholz. The assemblage sculpture can be found on the second floor of the Ahmanson Building at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Although understated at first, this sculpture deals with the taboo practice of abortions regulated in the 1960’s. In this paper I will discuss why this sculpture would make a good contribution to our textbook,…

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    Woman In A Tub Analysis

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    The name of the sculpture is Woman in a Tub. The sculpture is literally a naked woman in the tub, but there is more than just that. The woman had only one fourth of her head. Only her chin and mouth is showing, with her long hair on her shoulders. Her mouth was wide opened, and her hands were covering her breast, but her left hand was not covering her nipple. Her nails were really nicely polished with a color red, it also looked like her lips were painted red. Only one of her legs was showing…

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    To begin with, my view of art has changed, for I now know that it may not only be a painting or sculpture, but also a building design or a cultural artifact. Objects such as masks, pieces of clothing, and blueprints allow the audience to admire and realize that art has many forms and shapes which represent their heritage and importance in their time. For instance, the outstanding way that Jeff Koons demonstrates the importance of art and its surroundings with his artwork Puppy, located in Spain.…

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    We can see from the dates of both sculptures that they are dated to over 4,000 years ago. In the Statue of Memi and Sabu, the medium is made up of limestone and paint, whereas in the Seated Statue of Gudea, the medium is consisted of Diorite. Their physical dimensions are quite similar, and they also belong to the same timeline of 8000 – 2000 BC, but the chronology of Memi and Sabu is Egyptian while the chronology of Gudea is Mesopotamian (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, n.d.). The medium that…

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