Choose an artwork within the parameters of the class to describe in detail. This work can be any work between from modern through contemporary art. I encourage you to visit a museum to experience this work in person if you can, though this is not mandatory.
Everyone will write about the visual features of an artwork at minimum, but I encourage you to take a point of view and ideally develop a thesis (or argument) about what this artwork communicates about the society that created it. Try to focus on an artwork that you can explore in depth and make a critical argument about rather than discussing many works or emphasizing the artist’s biography (unless this is crucial to your point of view). For example, what does a particular sculpture or painting say about the values, power, ideals and artistic concerns about the state in which it was created? I suggest that you begin by analyzing the formal elements of this artwork as described in the text’s Introduction (material, style, composition, …). Then consider the following to support your point of view about the artwork. You may discuss these attributes in a different order, but I suggest addressing the more general ideas first before going into greater depth about the meaning and cultural significance of the artwork.
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