Write a short, comparative essay discussing how technique might inform our understanding of two artworks we examined over the last five weeks.

CHOOSE TWO OF THE FOLLOWING PROMPTS.  Take one hour to write each of your responses.  Please limit each of your responses to 3-4 double-spaced pages.

Technique has been a central question for us since the beginning of this class.  So, too, has the extent to which artists in the Modern period introduced “non-artistic” objects and procedures into the production of art.  Technique, artistic form, and content, we have seen, are intimately, necessarily linked.  Write a short, comparative essay discussing how technique might inform our understanding of two artworks we examined over the last five weeks.

In the 19th century and 20th centuries, the status of art and its role in modern society came into question.  Art’s privileged domain – its autonomy, its difference from mass-produced objects (commodities), its delimiting frame – became a battleground.  Some sought to reinforce art’s specificity (i.e., its difference), others to accelerate the collapse of art into life.  Write a short, comparative essay discussing how two of the artworks we examined address this particular problem.