Art 3 – Larry Rivers and Robert Colescott – Pop Art, Culture, History, and Appropriation

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Read and take notes in your sketchbook and look at the links on the side bar.  We will focus on 3 works in the seminal works icon: Washington Crossing the Delaware, The Last Civil War Veteran, and Dutch Masters. Look at each of the references for these 3 paintings.

http://www.larryriversfoundation.org/bio.html

Here is the original painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze

http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/11417

Here is an article on the fluid interpretation of history and the artist’s rendition.  Take notes on the important points.

http://www.seacoastnh.com/history/history-matters/black-man-with-washington-crossing-the-delaware/

Here is Frank O’Hara’s poem about Larry River’s version

https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/seeing-larry-rivers-washington-crossing-delaware-museum-modern-art

This exhibit shows the importance of appropriation in his work and his relief techniques.

https://ir.stonybrook.edu/jspui/bitstream/11401/2954/1/Art_Piece_103.pdf

Now, we will consider another important artist, Robert Colescott, and his use of appropriation as a critique of culture.  Take notes on your questions and observations for each of the following links.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAwTjShZZpI

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/11/AR2009061104002.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEdI-XOAh5Q

http://www.americanpopularculture.com/journal/articles/fall_2009/cutler.htm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/10/arts/design/10colescott.html

In your painting or mixed media work, you will use figuration, appropriation, and the inversion of cultural icons as a means to shift meaning for personal, poetic, or political purposes.

 

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