The theme for Chapter 10 is “Social Protest and Affirmation.” As you all now know, from examples in the textbook, art happens inside and outside the the whites walls of institutions like galleries and museums. And our chapter reading provides us with many examples of different issues that have been addressed by different artist’s when it comes to topics related to social justice and the affirmation of marginalized groups. This week I want you to keep in mind that artists are humans too. Things that matter to them are based on their first-hand life experience(s). Now I realize that everyone’s life experience is a little different, but your goal is the try to put yourself in the shoes of the artists and try to see why they would make the kind of artworks in this assignment
1. Watch all the videos and read all linked content prior to crafting your response(s).
2. Address the questions in the Discussion Prompt
3. Provided embedded image example of artworks that help illustrate the point you are trying to make.
American artist, Kehinde Wiley, is a painter whose work utilizes the visual language related to 17th-19th Century Eurocentric Academic painting traditions (the Baroque, Rococo, and Romanticism among them) to explore the contemporary Black experience related to each of his subject’s personal style (particularly their clothing). In this video, Wiley discusses his background, work, process, philosophy, and art historical influences.
Please watch this 14 minute video about Kehinde Wiley’s background, work, process, philosophy, and art historical influences.
Keeping in mind that all artists are storytellers, please watch the video Life Model: Charles White and His Students, about Charles White who was an artist and educator at OTIS College of Art and Design in the late 20th century. As students, you are all part of an institutional establishment, but each individual within any establishment has the potential to create change from within.
As you watch the video, pay attention to how Charles White interacted with his students, who he felt art was for, and how he viewed the potential for a diversity of artists to carve out their own places in the predominantly caucasian Eurocentric art establishment. Consider how a single individual can impact a larger community through their own work.
Using massive scale photography of the everyday underrepresented segment of society, JR’s work addresses poverty, politics and gender. Bringing social awareness to the public, JR’s work predominantly exists in the public space.
Your analysis of these three artists should be evaluated in an essay format.
Address the following in your essay:
All writing must utilize complete sentences that form coherent, organized thoughts and ideas, utilize proper grammar, and be completed at a college level to earn credit. I realize we live in a world of texts, emojis, and tweets and they are totally fine in other areas of your life, but in a college classroom, they just don’t provide enough information to fully explore ideas.
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