Art Essay 2

1433 WordsMar 14, 20126 Pages
‘What I like so much about contemporary art now is its ambiguity, its uncertainty. It is precisely this quality that engages and unsettles us’ – Benjamin Genocchio, art critic. How does this view challenge traditional ideas about art? Discuss particular works such as installations, happenings and site-specific works. Audiences make pretentious judgements on artworks due to their ambiguity and uncertainty. However, traditionally site-specific art was created to exist in a specific place, rather than to be provocative, like it can be in the present zeitgeist. Traditionally art was seen as objective, put now it has become more subjective and adds a layer of depth for the audience to question. > invite the audience in < Traditional…show more content…
The better responses presented explanations of traditional and contemporary practice, with a comprehensive discussion of significant examples. Many of these responses were knowledgeable about the philosophy of postmodernism, often identifying the postmodern approach evident in the quote to reveal an impressive understanding of how artists challenge patterns of authority. precarious Audiences make pretentious judgements on artworks due to their ambiguity and uncertainty. However, traditionally site-specific art was created to exist in a specific place, rather than to be provocative, like it can be in the present zeitgeist. Traditionally art was seen as objective, put now it has become more subjective and adds a layer of depth for the audience to question and be intrigued by. Traditional artworks such as Michaelangelo’s ‘David’ were commissioned and were made for permanence. In present times art makes the audience question the artwork through the use of the ambiguity and uncertainty evoked in the engaging and unsettling artworks. Laura Keeble uses ambiguous objects in her artworks to make the audience question her satirical works that are made to engage the audience and challenge traditional ideas about art by making it more conceptual rather than conventional. Michelangelo Bunarroti was a traditional sculptor and painter from Italy who lived in the late 15th Century to the mid-16th Century.
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