artist tuesday: art after 1960

Tis the season for exams. I happen to have 4 in 3 days- sounds fun, right? Anyway, I took part 1 of my art history midterm yesterday, so I’m counting down the hours to part 2 with frenzied anticipation. This class covers the movements that developed out of the often radical and modern thinking of the 1960s. Without a doubt, it has challenged my definition of art with the kind of absurd things we study. People burying cubes and taking a chunk out of a gallery wall, then calling it art. That kind of interesting stuff. So, here’s a taste of what I’ve been studying this semester so far! It has definitely been entertaining at times.

"Box with the Sound of Its Own Making" by Robert Morris

Inside this box is a small treasure: a recording of Morris sawing, hammering and building the box.

"Five Words in Yellow Neon" by Joseph Kosuth

Relatively self-explanatory.

"Cambell's Soup Can" by Andy Warhol

Probably looks familiar, right? At one point he made 100 of these and displayed them like you’d see at the grocery store.

"A 2” Wide 1” Deep Trench Cut across a Standard One-car Driveway" by Lawrence Weiner

I know, right?

"Magic Base" by Piero Manzoni

Stand on this pedestal and you become the art.

"Lightening Field" by Walter de Maria

Now this was pretty cool. Walter covered a field in New Mexico with steel rodes to create really awesome lightening shows. It’s about 4 hours away from the nearest town/airport, so visitors are pretty determined to see it. In this case, the art is in the experience of watching nature interact with the manmade.

"Ritual for the Relinquishing of Immaterial Zones of Pictorial Sensibility" by Yves Klein

Alright, this one is probably my favorite “piece” from the semester. Some call him crazy. Some call him existential. I call him a brilliant scam artist. This guy sold invisible paintings. Yes, invisible. In fact, he filled an entire gallery with pictures you couldn’t see or touch. And here’s the best part: People actually bought them. This picture shows the transaction between Klein and a patron where the buyer burns the receipt while Klein tosses some of the gold he was paid with into the Seine River. Absurd.

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