Comparison and analysis of two works of art in the Museum of Modern Art.

Choose one of these pairs AFTER youave seen them online or at the Museum of Modern Art. Their general location in the museum is given here. Compare and contrast your pair of two paintings.

Please note that you may not choose any pairs that are not listed here to compare.

1. Stuart Davis, Lucky Strike, 1921 [5th floor]
Edward Ruscha, OOF, 1962 (reworked 1963) [4th floor]

2. Lynda Benglis, Modern Art, 1973-74 [4th floor]
John Baldessari, What is Painting, 1928 [4th floor]

3. Fernand Leger, Woman With a Book, 1923 [5th floor]
Willem de Kooning, Woman 1, 1950-52, [4th floor]

4. Kurt Schwitters, Revolving, 1919 [5th floor]
Jackson Pollock, Shimmering Substance, 1946 [4th floor]

5. Fernand Leger, Woman With a Book, 1923 [5th floor]
Meret Oppenheim, Red Head, Blue Body, 1936

6. Lynda Benglis, Modern Art, 1973-74 [4th floor]
Jackson Pollock, One: Number 31, 1950 [4th floor

7. Natalia Goncharova, Rayonism, Blue-Green Forest, 1913 [5th foor]
Joan MirA?, Birth of the World, 1925 [5th floor]

8. Henri Matisse, The Red Studio, 1911 [5th floor]
Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimis, 19150-51 [4th floor]

Term Paper Assignment
A comparison and analysis of two works of art in the Museum of Modern Art. The choices for stylistic and contextual comparison are listed on the page 4. Research will be required.

THE ASSIGNMENT:
The purpose of this paper is to discuss in your own words the similarities and differences between two works regarding style, content, artistic intention and historical context. Your conclusions will be based on your own observations together with information that you have read about the artists and come to understand about their work.

In a comparison, consider in addition to stylistic elements, the works and the art historical movements or moments they represent in relation to each other, thinking about ways in which they are different or alike. The following points should be covered in your paper.

Begin your investigation with a careful viewing. Make notes of visual characteristics you see when you view the actual object. You may photograph any work of art that is in the museumas own permanent collection. You will probably not be allowed to take photos in the Magritte.

Information to include in your paper that you learn in the museum:
A. Explain how the images are presented in the gallery. Where are they placed (easy to see, crowded or cramped, next to related artworks, etc.), are they well lit, is it easy to circulate in the gallery, etc.?
B. Formal analysis:
Note the size, composition, balance, scale brushwork, use of line color, spatial depth or surface treatment. Where appropriate, discuss the various materials used.
C. How do these technical and stylistic choices help create the overall expressive effect of the painting or sculpture. For instance is a viewer immediately aware of individual formal elements, is a viewer drawn into a narrative immediately? What impact, if any, do technique and stylistic choices have on the content? What do you think the artists were trying to communicate to the viewer? This can be general or specific.

Research component:
Discuss the content and meaning, and how it is related to (conveyed by) the formal elements of the work. What ideas motivated and preoccupied the artists? Were they reacting against (or, alternatively, influenced by) earlier artistic movements or contemporary events? You should consider the following questions: Did the artists have a political or social goal in mind? Were they interested in psychology, philosophy, current events, music, politics, religion, or science? Were new materials or figural distortions a particular concern? Were the works part of a series or related to other paintings/sculptures by the artist?
Did the works represent a change in the artistsa styles? How do the paintings typify the movements, if any, with which they are associated? How were the works interpreted and received by critics and the public? Have these opinions changed over time? This part of your paper must demonstrate an understanding of published information which you have used for your research.

Whenever possible, include statements by the artists themselves regarding their intentions and priorities, as well as responses by critics and historians. Be sure to footnote all direct quotes and original ideas taken from other authors. Above all, your paper must be written in your own words. Remember, I am interested in how you reason about the art and how you evaluate what you read. For further questions, consult Sylvan Barnet, A Short Guide to Writing About Art, N.Y.: Longman, 2009.

WRITING THE PAPER: begin with general summary statements (you basic thesis or argument) and then proceed with a detailed discussion of information supporting your introductory opinions, ending the paper with a conclusion. Be sure to italicize or underline titles of art works.

Bibliography guidelines:
Consult at least two books for each artist. You should also use additional sources and list them in your bibliography.u
I will send you in another attachement the books to use for the bibliography.
If you cannot use these books than use others please
You can of course use other sources to talk about the different movements or other general art history books.