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ARTH 438 Contemporary Art: Home
Upper division art history course traces visual culture from the end of World War II to the present.
For the Love of God (Damien Hirst, 2007): The platinum cast of an 18th-century skull features real human teeth and 8,601 diamonds. At the front of the cranium is a 52.4 carat pink diamond. Image available at http://www.damienhirst.com/for-the-love-of-god
LACE is a nonprofit venue that exhibits and advocates for innovations in art-making and public engagement. Uniquely positioned among commercial galleries and major art establishments at the heart of Hollywood as a free, open to the public experimental space, LACE has nurtured not only several generations of young artists, but also emerging art forms such as performance art, video art, digital art, and installations. LACE presents significant and timely exhibitions, performances, and public projects, which are complemented by education initiatives.
Founded in 1902, ARTnews is the oldest and most widely circulated art magazine in the world
Contemporary Art and Film from 1945 to the Present
This upper division art history course will trace visual culture from the end of World War II to the present. The focus will not be merely on conventional visual art (painting & sculpture), but will also explore new media (video and digital art) in order to offer a broad overview of postwar and postmodern artistic practices and culture in general and consider the way that various art forms have dissolved into one another.
Our discussions will be divided thematically and chronologically and will consider the social and historical contexts in which the works were created. Emphasis will be placed on experiencing and understanding the art as an extension of our everyday world. Issues in contemporary art to be examined will include Abstract Expressionism and Action painting, Minimalism and Post-Minimalism, Process art, Performance art, Appropriation, popular culture, time and space, Earthworks and Land art, and Video art.
For background information, start with an exhaustive reference work such as Grove Art Online . Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tips for Users' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online.
Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful. To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog, or use the 'Journals & Periodicals' search feature on the Library's Web site.
GEAA deals with all aspects of American art and architecture from Native American art to Colonial art to contemporary American art. There are articles on all subject areas in American fine art including: biographies of major artists, architects and patrons, architecture, painting, new media, photography, sculpture, installation art, performance art, new media art, art education, and more.
Provides biographical information on more than 528,000 people throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. The database also provides full-text articles from over 350 magazines and newspapers and includes more than 27,000 images plus links to Web sites tied to the lives and works of the subjects.
Some 50,000 new and/or updated biographies are added each year, as well as daily status updates of existing subjects
Contains over 3,000 entries covering thousands of years of decorative arts production throughout western and non-western cultures including hundreds of entries on the qualities and historical uses of materials, concise definitions on art forms and styles, and in-depth articles discussing the history of armor, jewelry, furniture, textiles, and ceramics.
Coverage includes materials in art practice (e.g. ink, enamel, digital materials); materials in conservation (e.g. adhesives); classes of artifacts (e.g. wallpaper, mosaic, ceramic); techniques and methods (e.g. book binding, gilding, printing, weaving), terms (e.g. rustication), tools (e.g. easel, laser), theory (e.g. technical examination, conservation controversies), fakes & forgeries, and conservation theorists and practitioners.
You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, sculpture and instrallations), or by collection (for example, Detroit Institute of Arts Collection). Use the Advanced Search to limit by date.
Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on UTube