MASTERING ART HISTORY !!!
"What is art?".
WHEN VIEWING A WORK OF ART ALWAYS ASK .....
POWER & AUTHORITY: Art expresses beliefs, social relations essential truths & info held by members of society. Objects/acts are forces of social life. Power/forces of deities /ancestors protected to prevent human access.
PERFORMANCE & RITUAL: Dances/song/recite/display colors, scents, textures, movements enact narrative primordial trusts connected to human history & experience. Objects& performance stimulate outcome using all senses. How is object used in carries meaning. Rituals evoke memory & truths.
GEOGRAPHY & MATERIALS : Variety of media due to varying ecological situations, social structure, impact of external influences (i.e.commerce/colonialism/missionary activities etc.).
MEDIA: Fibers, pigments, bone, sea ivory shells, tortoise, wood, coral, stone.
OBJECTS: Give form and preserve human history continuity, remind people of heritage and shared bonds, temporary constructions,
ORGANIZATION: How geography and politics are organized throughout the region and during that time in history
HISTORY & TRADITION: What is the pervasive theme that connects & also is a separating force.
WHAT DO YOU SEE?
INVESTIGATING THE WORK OF ART!
IDENTIFYING WORKS OF ART _- CREDIT LINE