Introduction to Art History
Final Project Guideline
Topic: as discussed in class, you should choose either a modern artist or a modern theme. Project must analyze a visual art –a either painting, sculpture, architecture or any form which can be analyzed using the terms discussed in chapters two and three. Photography, performance art, fashion etc are all acceptable – but your analysis must focus on the visual elements. Verify your topic with me so we are in agreement that it is acceptable.
Thesis/focus: you should write an analysis – here are some sample approaches:
– history/overview of a modern form of art – its origins, influences, connections to past styles etc – look at specific examples of the form and explain its key characteristics
– the influence of a style of art on a modern artist in another field – for example, the influence of realism on a photographer, the influence of a modern style of art on a fashion designer – these topics would require research obviously Ex: Pop Art and Pucci
– one modern artist and a reoccurring theme in their work – look at several works and compare/contrast them – example – Cindy Sherman a contemporary photographer and her images of women as victims, Ansel Adams and American destiny
– tracing a particular symbol or image – food, beauty, venus etc – in more than one time period – comparing/contrasting use Example: Venus through the Ages