Museum Paper


Museum Paper

Menil Collection, or MFAH 3) Modern and Contemporary art: compare and contrast a contemporary nonrepresentational artwork (i.e. Barnet Newman; Mark Rothko; Jackson Pollock; David Smith (sculpture or painting) with an early 20th century modern abstract artwork (i.e. Picasso; Matisse).

  1. Choose two artworks in two different media, i.e. sculpture and painting, by two different artists in two different styles from two different cultures. Choose artworks from official online museum websites only.
  2. Begin your essay with an Introduction and end with a Conclusion, each 4-6 sentences in length.
  3. Research each artist and stylistic movement or civilization. Apply the visual elements in a comparison and contrast pattern of development.
  4.  Briefly research the artists’ biography and define the stylistic movement, and place the artwork within a cultural context (two-three paragraphs).
  5. Then apply the concepts and vocabulary listed on the Museum Assignment Worksheet (Do not submit the worksheet here.)  Write a stylistic analysis of three-five paragraphs. Develop paragraphs of three-five sentences in length, each of which begins with a topic sentence for each applicable visual element or principle of design! Be sure to clearly define and illustrate the use of each term by describing specific areas of the artwork’s composition.
  6. Provide at least two research references for each artwork, in addition to the textbook.  Use may use online scholarly sources such as Heilbrunn Timeline of Art Historyhttps://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ (Links to an external site.); Khan Academyhttps://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history (Links to an external site.) and Smarthistoryhttps://smarthistory.org/ (Links to an external site.). Use the HCCS library catalogue journal databases, Jstor and Academic Search Complete.

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