Question 1

Edward Munch, the storm

The painting depicts an internal storm, that is, a psychic distress and anguish as the women stand with their hands clasped to their heads and a sense of loneliness as the lit house suggests a vibrant world from which the women are excluded.

George Pierre Seurat, Evening

The painting evokes feelings of calmness and tranquility as the evening scene is hushed and still, the sea is calm, and there is a sense of spacious light due to the vast skyline and the use of light color.

Question 2

Marcel Duchamp’s bicycle wheel is a combination of mass produced items; a bicycle wheel, a fork and a kitchen stool are used to create a non-functional structure. It was considered Duchamp’s first work of the ready-made art.

The Aleksandr  Rodchenko, spatial construction No.12 is the product of cutting concentric lines on a plane so as to create foldable rings which, when unfolded and rotated, create geometrical volume, but which can be straightened back to form a plane. A three-dimensional structure is thus created from a two-dimensional structure.

Duchamp’s bicycle wheel is credited with changing the perception of art, as being nothing more than a matter of selection where pre-existing pieces could be put together to form a piece of art. This had a great influence on succeeding artists and thus would be considered more innovative in the field of art.

Question 3

Natsuyuki Nakanishi, Compact Object

It is made of bones, bead necklace, parts of clock and watch, hair, lens, eggshell, and other manufactured objects that are embedded in polyester.

Joseph Beuys, Eurasia

Eurasia is the continental block linking Europe and Asia that evokes the mixture of both Western and Eastern cultures, portrayed by Beuys in divided Germany during the period of Cold War. The hare, which can jump quickly, symbolizes the ability to measure long distances. Another object, the blackboard, means the degrees of the angles of fat and felt fixed to the poles during the performance and the temperature (42 degrees Celsius) of a high human fever.

Marcel Jean, Specter of the Gardenia

Plaster crown with the painted dark color cloth zips instead of the eyes and a band of film on velvet concealed wooden support.

Question 4

The pieces of art that I believe might have been influenced by children’s art include:

  • Sigmar Polke, Spiderman
  • Paul Klee, Cat and Bird
  • Picasso, Harlequin

Question 5

The canvas depicts a war zone and the viewer gets a feeling of being a part of the war as it shows soldiers in action at the battlefield. There are feelings of anxiety and tension as the train seems to be at great momentum (showed by the fractured landscape) which may also be a depiction of the momentum of the war itself.

Question 6

The title Indestructible Object leads the viewer to look out for the components of the object or the idea depicted by the object that is so strong that it cannot be destroyed.

Question 7

Malevich developed a new language of painting called supremacist with an aim to free art from the burden of the object and was the pioneer of geometric abstract art. Malevich denied the absolute austerity, drawing iclined rectangles, adding some more shades of colors and introducing the third dimension and even a degree of painterly handling. Later he created a series of White on White paintings returning to his purest ideals.

Question 8

The three artists who appear to have been interested in the appropriation of popular culture were:

  • Andy Warhol
  • Roy Lichtenstein
  • Richard Hamilton

Question 9

Mondrian’s style is what depicts a world in which I would like to live. Mondrian’s style was established through experimentation with horizontal and vertical intersections. He saw the relationship of the Cartesian x-and y-axes understanding that they are essential in the nature, as it is seen in the intersection of land and trees . He was an idealist who sought to create a universally relevant art by the use of primary colors, rectangular shapes, and asymmetrical lines to create compositions that could be understood by anyone.

Question 10

The painting is eye-catching due to the attention paid to detail and the frame which complements it. The painting represents contradictory notions that cohabitate in the work. The painting is both a representation of personal hardship and humor. Personal hardship is depicted by the pet monkey which the artist kept as she was unable to have children; and the humor is clearly seen when the artist makes fun of her facial features, her monobrow and mustache which resemble an animal’s. Monkeys are also associated with promiscuity and sin thus adding another possible meaning to the picture.