Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Episode 47: Ancient Egyptian Art

In this weeks episode of Arts and Facts:

Ancient Egypt is one of those mysterious subjects that have interested the general public and scholars for hundreds of years and Arts and Facts is no exception! Jo and Chloe take us on a general tour of Ancient Egyptian art hitting the highlights in architecture, painting and sculpture. 

Temple of Karnak

Temple of Hatshepsut

Nebamun Hunting Birds

From The Book of the Dead

Seated Scribe

Sculptures of  Ramesses II at Abu Simbel

Bust of Nefertiti

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Episode 46: Dada is Da-Dumb

While there are many movements based in deep thought and consideration for each piece, Dada... well it just isn't one of them.

As a reactionary movement after WWI devastated Europe, the Dada artists questioned the very nature of art in their almost nonsensical work. Sometimes, even, it seemed that they put more work into their titles than the work (especially in pieces known as "readymades").

The Fountain by Duchamp
Another Duchamp Readymade

Cut with a Kitchen Knife by Hannah Höch
Hans Arp collage of blue squares

(Ready for a long title???) The Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors Even (the large glass) by Duchamp

There are many movements that come after Dada which follow the same line of thought... what is art? Take it or leave it, it's a part of our  art history. What do you think of dada?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Episode 45: Angels Among Us

Rembrandt, The Sacrifice of Abraham, 1635

Waterhouse, The Annunciation, 1914 

Rossetti, Annunciation, 1865
Campin, The Merode Altarpiece, 1425-1428

Cimabue, Madonna and Child, 1280-1285

Raphael, Sistine Madonna, 1513-1514

Lippi, Madonna and Child with Angels, c. 1467

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Episodes 44: Gaudi

Julia and Carrie talk about Antoni Gaudi, the Spanish Catalan architect who created amazing, surreal like structures that have never been duplicated or matched since his time. Many of Gaudi's works are listed as  UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Crypt of the Colonia Guell church
Casa Batllo

Casa Batllo (Close up of balconies)

A very large sculpted flower pot, that was at the same time a fountain, it was located in the back patio-garden of the Casa Calvet.  In 1900, Gaudi received an award for the best building of the year from the Barcelona City Council for Casa Calvet.

Sagrada Familia (exterior)

Sagrada Familia (Interior)

Sagrada Familia (Close up of exterior)

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Episode 43: Art Deco

Julia and Carrie talk about Art Deco, it's origins and its timelessness that makes it popular even today.

Chrysler Building, New York City

Miami Beach, Florida

La Maitrise Pavilion, Paris, France

Air-stream Trailer

Art Deco Movie House


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Episode 42: Photography's Struggle to become Art

Since its birth in 1839, photography has gone through some ups and downs within the realm of the arts. There are some great photographers who made it their goal to help this cause.

This cartoon shows that Nadar was one of the most respected photographers in Paris
during his time. He was also a respected art critic, which probably helped

 Julia Margaret Cameron's work in pictorialism is beautiful and feminine. While her portraits were the more respected body of her work until more recently, she did show how photographs could mimic painting and bring an other worldly quality to them.

Oscar Gustave Rejlander

Oscar Gustave Rejlander was a painter first, and pulls his sense of painting right into his photographs.

Edward Steichen

Edward Steichen arguably did the most for photography during this early period, having a hand in gallery work, magazine production, and producing beautiful imagery as well. He also worked for the MoMA, which gave him the perfect opportunity to spread his thoughts about photography and its beauty into the art world more than it already had been.

Ansel Adams
Edward Weston
Edward Weston

Edward Weston and Ansel Adams are two of the best examples of Modern photographers. They wanted their images to be sharply in focus, and look to shape and form to make interesting compositions.

William Eggleston
Even when black and white photography were grudgingly accepted as art, color photography still had to push its way into recognition. William Eggleston had the first all color photography show at the MoMA thanks to John Szarkowski, who was not only a curator determined to help photography, but also a prolific writer for art theory regarding the camera.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Episode 41: Bernini and Borromini- The Rivalry That Built Rome

Julia and Jo talk about Bernini and Borromini and their great rivalry that helped create the Rome we know today. It all started when Bernini was chosen to take over the work on the Palazzo Barberini after Borromini's uncle, Maderno, died. It was an instant rivalry that followed the two men through out their carriers. In the end they helped each other fall from grace, temporarily ending Bernini's career and possibly leading Borromini to an untimely death. This is the stuff that great soap operas are made from!

Can't we all just get along?

Palazzo Barberini

Façade of San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

Dome of the San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane

St Peter's Baldacchino

St Peter's including St Peter's Square

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Arts & Facts Outing to Utah Museum of Fine Art

Arts & Facts is going to the Utah Museum of Fine Art on Friday, November 16 to see the Nancy Holt exhibit (among other things) and we would like to invite any interested UVU students to join us! We will be leaving at 1pm and heading back to Utah County by 4pm.

If you're interested in going please fill out the information here and we will contact you with more information!

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Nancy Holt, Sightlines

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Episode 40: What You'll See at the Uffizi

Marie and Julia talk with Dr. Steven Bule about the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy.

The Uffizi is one of the oldest museums in the world, the building was begun in 1560 for Cosimo Medici as an office building for the city of Florence (wouldn't you love to work in an office like that!) but now holds one of the most amazing collections of Renaissance art in the world!

Botticelli's, The Birth of Venus and Primavera

Van Eyck, Giovanni Arnolfini and his Bride, 1434
This is another painting we discussed which implements the use of oranges as a symbol of fertility.

da Vinci's, The Annunciation

Lippi's, Madonna and Child

The Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy