This was a big week for the world of art, including a bidding war over an Andy Warhol painting and the Museum of Modern Art’s annual Party in the Garden, which raised $4 million for the museum, thanks in part to a performance by Kanye West and Jay-Z. When was the last time you went to an art museum? Why do you think people go to look at works of art? What are your favorite works of art, even if you’ve never seen them in person?
In “Kanye West Turns Melodious and Moody at MoMA,” Jon Caramanica writes:
After a roaring take on “Runaway,” during which he pounded on his MPC, he began addressing, well, everyone. “Thank you for loving me when they told you not to love me,” he half-sang, through an Auto-Tunelike effect, rendering him an emotional cyborg. “I’m sorry about anybody out there that had to fight for me. Do you know what it feels like to be hated, do you know what it feels like to be degraded?” There was more, about his alleged racism, about branding and marketing, about his late mother: “I know she’s smiling down.”
It’s likely that the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden had never seen such twisted pain. It was filled with a crowd of more than 1,000 — largely men in expensive suits and women in more expensive dresses — and some of its more delicate pieces were roped off, for their own safety. A smattering of well-known faces worked the room: Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs; the actor Aziz Ansari in a slim suit, cutting through the crowd at warp speed, trailed by a similarly outfitted entourage.
Students: Tell us about your favorite works of art, even if you’ve never seen them in person. What about them appeals to you? What works of art that you’ve never seen in person would you most like to visit? Why? How often do you go to art museums or galleries in general?
Teachers: Here is our 2010 lesson on considering and creating artistic works.
Questions about issues in the news for students 13 and older.
What Makes Art Art Essay
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Art 1030: Art Appreciation
Instructor: Steve Bishop Essay One
Josalyn Cook 1/26/2011
What Makes Art Art?
Art is an object or piece of work that brings one pleasure. Art is also something you see or feel and you cannot even begin to describe the ways you like it or how it makes you feel. Art is something that portrays beauty and happiness. Art lets you see the world through another person’s perspective. Most art seems to tell a story about where a person has been and the things they have encountered along the way. It lets you connect with the artist and see things through their eyes. Art is a way of expressing one’s self without words. When I think of art, I think of paintings, portraits, sketches, and sculptures.…show more content…
The scene has two snowmen at the entrance to the covered bridge. It fills your heart with warmth and holiday spirit just to look at it.
Portraits to me are art in a different sense. Some of my favorite portraits are by Martin Waugh. It is what he calls Liquid Sculpture. He uses high speed photography to capture drops of liquid as the splash into lakes and other bodies of water. To me there is just something so soothing about his work. It is amazing how a tiny drop of liquid can create such a beautiful work of art. His work impresses me, because I never really thought of liquid as art before I saw one of his photos.
The formal qualities of art work are somewhat important. I like paintings that flow smoothly with very fine brush strokes. I think some of the most beautiful art work is produced with a combination of canvas and oil paints. I like portraits that capture images I normally could not see otherwise. Portraits that capture the colors you can see when light reflects on a ripple of water amaze me. I do not know a great deal about art, but art seems to be much more opinion than