One way or another

Juxtaposing different styles of art throughout time. Starting with statues, then installations, then portraits, then abstract/nonrepresentational pieces, and finally a photograph. 

This statue of a calf-bearer was made in Greece around 570 BC. It stands about 5.4 feet tall and is made out of marble with a limestone base. I really like this representational piece of art because it describes a sacrifice. I think that ancient Greece is a really interesting time period because of the myths of gods and goddesses. I can only assume the man in the statue was sacrificing the calf to save someone.
This brass statue of the Maitreya Buddha stands about 7x4x3 inches. This figurative image shows the Buddha sitting cross-legged holding a bottle of nectar. I like this Buddha a lot because it’s different than most Buddha statues. The Maitreya Buddha represents the Buddha that will come in the future. As a piece of art I am really impressed that the statue was made out of brass. When I think of brass I think of the metal and pipes not a piece of art. For the 18th century I’m really impressed by this piece.
Going back to the 1200's is a different form of statue. This iconographic stone shows motifs of Mexican cosmogony. It represents the Aztec calendar. It's very impressive size wise; with a diameter of about 12ft it weighs about 24 tons. I love this piece because it again shows history. Even though, the Aztec calendar is wrong it's interesting to see how they were mapping time. Also, with it being so heavy I'm impressed that people were able to transfer it multiple times which is also why there is some wear and tear on the stone but nonetheless it's a beautiful work of art.
Daniel Spoerri created this snare picture piece in 1970’s Switzerland. This piece is a representation of object art. It’s an assemblage of real bowls, plates, etc. glued onto a board and hung. It goes from a horizontal view to a vertical picture. I absolutely love this piece. On one hand it’s gross to save dirty dishes but on the other hand it really captures a moment in time. I love unusual art and this is an amazing idea I’ve never heard before.
This 2002 installation by Seung Young Kim shows the content of civilization vs nature. He uses industrial items and combines them with themes of nature. In addition to the grass and boat there are wind chimes present. This piece really touches sight, smell, sound, and touch. I really enjoy looking at this piece but it would also be amazing to see it in person. Since real objects were used it looks like there is water underneath them. I love how this piece both works as a picture and as an installation piece.
Edward Hopper wanted to show the softer side of the metropolis NYC in 1943 so he used oil paints on a canvas to show this representational piece of a women on the steps of her home. With soft whites and greys this piece is really welcoming. Having visited the city numerous times, it’s hard to imagine a time where the city wasn’t so crowded and dirty. I love this painting though because the lady in it reminds me of my grandmother who lived in New England.
This self-portrait was drawn on vellum (calf skin) by Hendrik Goltzius. It is one of his most complete drawings drawn in the Renaissance era. The technique he used was silverpoint where the soft metal helped draw fine lines. I really like this piece because it shows the Dutch artist himself. Especially in a time where you don’t have mirrors everywhere and even reflections on cars it’s amazing that he was able to capture himself so fully.
Peng Jian demonstrates part of the new ink movement in China by this piece called Balance created in 2014. He uses vibrant colors as part of the contemporary theme. This abstract piece takes a unique look on squares and triangles. I really love this piece because I have recently attempted to solve the Rubix cube and that’s what the image looks like to me. Balancing squares and rectangles on a triangle seems difficult just as it’s difficult to have true balance in life.
Here is another oil canvas but by Claude Monet. His impressionist style leads him to this nonrepresentational art piece. With no clear lines or shapes it's hard to tell what is going on. But painting in that style allows us to view every piece individual and appreciate the art in its natural state. I really like this 1920's piece. It's a huge canvas, ranging about 20 feet by 7 feet. I would love to see this one in person so I can fully understand the size and beauty of it.
In the middle of the 19th century William Henry Fox Talbot captured this image of an oak tree which was then developed on salted paper. He was considered to be the origin of modern photography. He used a fixing agent called hypo which allowed multiple images to be created by one negative. I chose this piece to show a different form of media. With photography so easily at our fingertips I wanted to go back in history to show what photos looked like. It's amazing to think that over 100 years ago they had the technology to capture pictures.
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