Project 1 – Exercise 3

Art History: The Basics by Grant Pooke and Diana Newall (2008, Abingdon; Routledge), pp.1-8

Notes and phrases of interest

  • “the art world itself seems to be engaged in a cultural performance about our times, a parody about duplicity, marketing tactics, and acquiescence.” – David Hensel
  • “’emperor’s new clothes’ syndrome”
  • “…art is something which artists do.”
  • “…Bauhaus aesthetic of the 1930s…”
  • “Institutional Theory of Art…recognises that “art can be a term designated by the artist and by the institutions of the art world, rather than by any external process of validation.”
  • “…all definitions of art are mediated through culture, history and language.”
  • “Greek word ‘techne’…and ‘technites’…”
  • “…the human form should be represented in its most life-like and vital sense as the union of body and soul (Sörbom 2002: 26).”
  • “…academies and museums…were established from the late sixteenth century onwards.”
  • “…ideas and definitions of art are neither timeless nor beyond history, but relate to the social and cultural assumptions of the societies and environments which fashion them.”
  • “Academy-based ideas typically marginalised non-Western art practices…”

Words to look up

Plinth: a heavy base supporting a statue or vase

Jesmonite: water-based composite material, resin

Acquiescence: the reluctant acceptance of something without protest

Primer: an elementary textbook that serves as an introduction to a subject of study

Hegemonic: ruling or dominant in a political or social context

The New Oxford American Dictionary, 3rd edition


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