Case Study Essay
‘The artistic exchange of ideas and influences can profoundly affect the art world’- Explore this statement with reference to a range of artists and artworks.
Artistic exchange is a conceptual idea involving the exchange of artistic methods, ideas, and other elements of an artist's practice; and if an artist is a pioneer or an innovator, their ideas can resonate through exchange to transform the entire art world. Throughout the 20th Century the shaping of the art world came into play through ideas, expression, education and one result of this was the age of Modernism. There was much social ad political unrest sweeping through Europe, during the beginning of the twentieth century which contributed to the breaking of the traditional art barriers. The works of Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol strongly affected the art world with their individual yet diverse techniques and styles. These artists broke away from traditional art and its boundaries in order to exchange ideas and conventions regarding the aesthetics which opposed accepted societal standards. These ideas were profoundly influenced the art world.
Marcel Duchamp’s art making practice was characterized by its humour, variety, the unconventionality of its media and its persistent exploration of art’s boundaries. Duchamp was involved with the avant-garde movements during the Modernist period, and as an iconoclast, he abandoned these artistic principles, with the aim of rejecting convention such as his distaste for art that was pleasing ‘to the eye’. Works exemplifying these beliefs include Bicycle Wheel (1913) and L.H.O.O.Q (1919) which caused controversy over their acceptance as ‘art’. Bicycle Wheel is a readymade (a stool supporting an upside-down bicycle wheel) that Duchamp has decontextualized as well as displacing its original function, thereby transforming an industrial, mass produced object into a work of art. Duchamp’s art making approach could be...
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