Thursday, November 18, 2010


Conceptual Art: 
      This genre is photography that captures the idea or concept of the photo.  The concept and idea precedes the realization of the photo. These type of photos are usually still life or organized photographs.  

"In conceptual art the idea or concept is the most important aspect of the work. When an artist uses a conceptual form of art, it means that all of the planning and decisions are made beforehand and the execution is a perfunctory affair. The idea becomes a machine that makes the art." by Sol LeWitt

Joseph Kosuth

Joseph artwork explores the nature of art and focuses on ideas at the fringe of art rather than on making art.  Also his art is very self referential.  Formalism, he said limited the possibilities for art with small amount of creative effort. One of his famous photographs is the One and Three Chairs and basically he is different because he took a photo of that chair printed it out and post it on the wall.  Then he had that same chair and put it to the side of it and it looked like it was the first and third chair like there is a space in between them.  

Sophie Calle

   Calle's photos are best known by its use of random sets of restrictions. When she is working she put herself and the people she is shooting she feels like she is in fictional world.  Also she puts her own little twist to it where her own life is put into the shot and her creativity towards the narrative and this is because he felt like she was the author and a character of her piece. Her photographs frequently depicts the human emotion and sensitive side, also finds the identity and intimacy of the human.  Basically she is different because she is like a spy when she is shooting for example she investigates what she is shooting also peoples private live.  

Sherrie Levine

She is best known for her work is re-photography from an artist of Walker Evans and his photo is called "After Walker Evans".  She is also known for her appropriations and this is taking a photo from a high and low culture to make it her own.  Her works have been understood as a commentary as ideal and the notions of creative originality, the realism and self-rule of the art object and its status as an art piece.  She is best known as the artist who reproduces pieces of art work for example from Evans. Basically she is taking other art and calling it her own by re-photographing it and making it her own.  Also she wants to be secretive about her art work.  

Cindy Sherman

    Her work is known for her conceptual portraits that shows a  different aspect or portraits with a twist.  She challenges the importance or the role of the females in the society and the media and nature of the photograph she has taken.  She is also known for her pop art aspect to her photographs.  Basically she photos of women and the role that they play in their own life.   Also she take the beauty side the women for example lying in bed.  The concept of her photos is a self portrait but it is not of her she tries to see her self in other women when taking a photograph. 

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