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Exploring Pollock Through Freud

Sigmund Freud was a psychoanalyst who specialized in analyzing human behavior--especially related to sexuality. In the late 1930’s, Pollock began experimenting with totemic symbols and ritual, ideographic, and mythical events. Experts now believe these to be buried memories and experiences of the psyche. In 1942, he created The Moon Woman. Like many of the New… Continue reading Exploring Pollock Through Freud

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Elizabeth Murray’s Bow Tie : Scientific Connections

Elizabeth Murray’s Bow Tie is a delightfully paradox example of avant-garde artwork of the 2000s. Her response to Cubist-resultant Minimalism and Surrealist-influenced Pop Art are warped, knotted and shaped canvases that give a new dimension to modern Surrealism. The aforementioned Bow Tie, a spectacular unity-through-repetition work consisting of rounded abstract forms, painted with bold, primary-color-blocked… Continue reading Elizabeth Murray’s Bow Tie : Scientific Connections

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Gericault’s Studies for Raft of the Medusa: The importance of pre-planning artworks

1st - Preliminary Study 2nd - Preliminary Study 3rd- Preliminary Study While examining the three preliminary studies for Gericault’s final work, my eye was drawn to the second work more than the others simply because of the detail put into this work. The detail in the raft is significantly more developed in this work than… Continue reading Gericault’s Studies for Raft of the Medusa: The importance of pre-planning artworks

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Comparing Pollock and de Kooning: The Role of Duplication in the New York School

In the early 1940’s, an umbrella term, “the New York School,” was used to describe a group of painters who are now most notable for their action painting addition to the art world. Subsequent to abstract expressionism, action painting became an extension of the artists’ mind instead of just a substrate for duplicating an idea… Continue reading Comparing Pollock and de Kooning: The Role of Duplication in the New York School