The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls. Pablo Picasso
2. Art is not what you see, but what you make others see. Edgar Degas
3. No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist. Oscar Wilde
4. To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist. Schumann
5. The art of art, the glory of expression and the sunshine of the light of letters, is simplicity. Walt Whitman

January 03, 2017

Programare pentru testul final/ sem. I

9 ianuarie

13.00 > Grafica Andone  --> Galbinasu
14.00 > Grafica Herteg --> Popescu
15.00 > Grafica Precul --> Vilcu + Sculptura
17.00 > Pictura
18.00 > Ceramica + Conservare

16 ianuarie

13.00 > Design textil + ITA
14.00 > Design vestimentar
15.00 >Design Ancutescu --> Mara
16.00 >Design Nastase --> Vasii
17.00 > Foto


December 20, 2016

ATENȚIE!

ÎN CAZUL ÎN CARE ȘTIȚI CĂ AȚI TRIMIS COMENTARII ÎN TIMPUL CERUT ȘI ACESTEA NU AU APĂRUT, POATE FI DIN CAUZĂ CĂ NU AȚI RESPECTAT CERINȚA ESENȚIALĂ, ADICĂ DE A ÎNCEPE CU NUMELE ȘI SECȚIA. DACĂ DORIȚI SĂ LE IAU ÎN CONSIDERARE, AVEȚI TERMEN PÂNĂ MIERCURI, 21 DECEMBRIE 2016, ORA 23.59, SĂ LE RE-TRIMITEȚI CONFORM CERINȚELOR.

Voi publica după Anul Nou listele cu cei fără credite, deci care nu se pot prezenta la testul final.

December 18, 2016

Van Gogh's "Starry Night" (as 1 in-class attendance)


Here is some help for those of you who might need an extra class attendance; commenting on this material will count either as ONE class attendance, or as the usual comment. When answering this task, do not forget to mention if you want it considered as one attendance, or as one comment, after you have mentioned your names and departments.

Access this link:



Watch the video and identify  some of the works reproduced here. Comment on the way Don McLean, singer and text writer of the song, interprets van Gogh's works, especially the "Starry Night". Here is a quotation Don McLean gives in an interview, of part of a letter Vincent wrote to his brother Theo:
"Just as we take the train to go to Tarascon or Rouen, we take death to go to a star."



DEADLINE : December 19th, 2016 (one and only opportunity). No later comments will be considered!!!







Happy Holidays, a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!



December 06, 2016

Whistler's Mother

Comment on the video material about James McNeill Whistler's  "Portrait of the Artist's Mother" also known as "Arrangement in Grey and Black, No 1"; you might think about him breaking all sorts of conventions, both in his real life and in his painting. Or, maybe, think about what he said:

"Art should be independent on any emotions such as devotion, pity, love, patriotism, and the like. And that is why I insist on calling my works 'arrangements' and 'harmonies'".

Is this just a portrait of his mother? Is it more? If so, what is it that  makes this painting a widely known American artwork? What about the title?
You may find the following links helpful:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Abbott_McNeill_Whistler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whistler's_Mother

http://youtu.be/D9LaF_ic8KI

Here is a very short fragment:
http://youtu.be/D-A6HGr4bmM


Deadline: December 18, 2016

November 21, 2016

Edvard Munch's "The Scream"



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEqxZGY8VOk


http://smarthistory.khanacademy.org/munchs-the-scream.html


After having watched the documentary about this masterpiece, what is your reading of this work? Are there any new meanings you might attribute to it? Is this still an icon of the  modern world?

The two materials above are just for some remembrance and/or new thoughts.

What do you think about Sebastian Cosor's animation of The Scream? Did he manage to give that "little figure" a voice?


Deadline: December 4

Course 3: The Expository Essay



COMMUNICATIVE PURPOSE : to theorize/speculate about:

-causes + /- effects
-particular meanings
-artist's choices
-possible developments, etc


theorizing = performing an inferential type of mental activity (moving from particular items to general ideas), whose result is a thesis which must be supported by a number of points of proof


DISCOURSE STRATEGIES (that can be used when developing points of proof):

  • explaining viewer's reactions
  • formal analysis
  • comparing works/artists/features
  • historical/anecdotal narratives
  • exemplification
  • quoting/paraphrasing
  • paradox, etc

STANDARD MOVE-STRUCTURE:

MOVE I: introducing the subject, thesis, list of points of proof



Step 1: introducing the subject (title of work, artist, context of creation)

Step 2: stating the thesis: one complete, unified statement, limited to one aspect only, general enough to ask for support, defensible, not too obvious

Step 3: stating the points of proof (2-3) intended to be used in order to support the thesis



MOVE II: developing the points of proof


Step 1: developing the first point of proof

Step 2: developing the 2nd point of proof

Step 3: developing the 3rd point of proof

MOVE III: concluding by evaluating the measure in which the points of proof have demonstrated the thesis

MOVE IV: Works cited (whenever one uses bibliography)

Task  Comment on the way the theses and the points of proof were formulated and developed in the two texts we have read in class (1. The African Influences in Brancusi's Work by Paul Stoie  and 2. Idea for Sale by Oana Boca). Which of them appears to you more convincing and why?

Deadline December4th for no. 1, and December 16th for no. 2















BRANCUSI

The Beginning of the World



Newborn



The First Cry 









The First Step