Art and Culture: Critical Essays by Clement Greenberg

By Clement Greenberg

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Photograph by Joshua Nefsky. Q. (1-22), a satire of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. What he did was take a postcard reproduction of the painting, added a moustache, beard, and dark pupils in pencil, and then printed a few initials at the bottom. ” Duchamp’s parody was upsetting on several levels. First, he was making light of Leonardo’s great masterpiece. Because the Mona Lisa had come to symbolize the best in Western art, he was symbolically rejecting centuries of tradition. A beautiful image was made ugly, even silly.

In fact, while it is more common for shapes to be built from several lines, it only takes one line that turns around and connects to its beginning to make one. A circle would be an example of a shape made with one line. In art, the word shape is usually used to describe two-dimensional forms. A three-dimensional shape is called a mass. The space inside a mass, like a building’s dome, is called its volume. Although shapes come in all sizes and types, whether two-dimensional or three-dimensional, they are usually described in four ways: geometric, organic, abstract, and nonrepresentational.

In earlier times, the purpose of art was to please the person who commissioned and paid for it—the patron. The Power to Touch Our Emotions Art can also profoundly touch the emotions of the viewer. , was designed especially to reach out to the American people and assist in healing the wounds left by the Vietnam War. ” When asked what effect the memorial would have on the public, she thought to herself, “They’ll cry” (although she didn’t say this out loud until after the project was finished). And visitors do cry at the wall, even those who did not personally know any of the soldiers whose names are listed among the dead and missing in action.

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