On August 23, 1927, Nicola Sacco and Barolomeo Vanzetti were executed in one of the most controversial legal cases in American history. Two men were shot and robbed in Braintree, MA, and two poor Italian immigrants were arrested for the crime. Although neither Sacco nor Vanzetti had criminal records, they both had pistols on them at the time, and followed a violent anarchist leader. Following their arrest, the seven-year case on the crime would drive national and international protests demanding their exoneration. There were numerous elements in the trial that influenced the guilty verdicts for the men including, but not limited to, weak evidence. The Sacco Vanzetti trial displays the social injustices and prejudice in American society during the time. It is evident that even though they are innocent, the court used Sacco and Vanzetti as scapegoats in this crime because of their beliefs and background.
I observed a very unique series of photographs by Vik Muniz called Seeing is Believing. Vik Muniz’s images are not simply photography but are pictures of complicated pieces of art he has produced at earlier times. Utilizing an array of unorthodox materials including granulated sugar, chocolate syrup, sewing thread, cotton, wire, and soil Muniz first creates an image, sculpturally manipulates it and then photographs it. Muniz’s pictures include portraits, landscapes, x-rays, and historical images.
From his preliminary sketches came his second ‘Big Top’ subject, an equestrian figure group titled Circus, which is, even by today’s standards, a ceramic tour-de-force (Fig. 120). In the compositon a suggested interaction between the two subjects, the Clown and the Rosin Dancer, adds a captivating and poignant delight, with the addition of the colourful decoration, it is at once exquisite. The delicacy of light and shade falling across the modelling, is in itself quite breath taking. Today, however, it may be considered foolhardy to market a figure group that demanded numerous piece-moulds, with hand-painted decoration. During this period, Walker’s Monthly magazine, published photographs in black and white, denying its readers of seeing the Circus group illustrated in full
Since 1790, the United States started to granted limited naturalization to immigrants of free white persons through the Naturalization Act of 1790 and established racial qualification to national citizenships. Immigrants regardless of who they were need to prove that they were of white race. This lead to the moment when defining who was white was through either scientific method or common knowledge. Into the early 19th and late 20th century, there were numerous of terms to include whiteness and non-racial qualification for immigration to the United States. As immigrants try to show how they were white, there were court cases, Takao Ozawa v. United States, 260 U.S. 178 (1922) and United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind, 261 U.S. 204 (1923), which
Contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto works to address contemporary issues while using ideas, concepts, and materials from his heritage. He was born in Tokyo in 1948. Graduating from Saint Paul’s University, Tokyo in 1970, he then traveled to Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles California to finish his education in 1974. Sugimoto primarily works as a photographer, but he also works as an architect and a designer. Artwork by Sugimoto is comparable to the Shinto shrines, Buddhist art and Shino wares used in the tea ceremony. His work reveals that his Japanese heritage has strongly influenced him. Hiroshi Sugimoto uses ideas and materials from his heritage, while confronting contemporary issues, such as the need to go back to traditional roots, honoring and preserving the past.
The art I selected is that of Jean-Antoine Watteau's "Gersaints Shopsign". This piece of art was made during the Rococo age in 1721. Watteau was fascinated by the Rococo art periods design; curving lines, decorative, and had an enjoyable style. Watteau painted this when he was ill with TB and lived with Gersaint, owner/dealer of a French gallery. During this time period, trading of art was a common practice and Watteau was able to capture the visual of this activity in his last painting. In the corner of the painting there is a significant act being portrayed; a painting of Louis XIV; "Great Monarch" being placed in a box which may represent the changing of the times. Caplan sums Watteau's purpose; "By turning the portrait of the "Great
This black and white photo presenting Fifth Avenue Theatre in Seattle was taken by Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese photographer, in 1997. It is a horizontal composition depicted an old-fashioned American movie palace interior from the end of the last century. Sugimoto used four by five film camera. With his camera shutter open, Sugimoto stood the front perspective to make the photo symmetrical and exposed the film for the duration of the entire movie, so that the screen became the only illuminant provided by the film projector, thus making a large contrast between black and white. With the reflection of dazzling white light, the details in the dark theatre were emerged. The decoration such as the poorly manufactured sculptures of Buddha on both
This dissertation considers the approaches and techniques used to create depth, realism and illusion, which are all recognised in Seventeenth Century Johannes Vermeer and Twenty-first Century Eloy Morales. My methodology for this dissertation will be to examine Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and a works from the series ‘Paint In My Head’, by contemporary portrait artist Eloy Morales. Comparing these two artists from different centuries alongside each other will develop and lead into further enquiries and questions, which will impact my own practice. I focus on the technique and methods of both artists, some of which are still used today and others not, the advancements and developments artists have in the modern world and how this impacts
Woodblock prints became the major form of art in the Edo period (1603-1867). Its techniques of producing colorful prints are wonderful. Ukiyo-e painting is one of the famous form of painting in the 17th century. It mainly present the daily life of people, landscape and drama. Katsushika Hokusai is one of the main Ukiyo-e artist. His famous series of landscape prints are called Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji and “Under the Wave off Kanagawa” is the best known print in the series. This print has influenced the European in the 18th century. Van Gogh appreciated this print and French musician Debussy was influenced when making music.