THE ORDINARY AS ART
Shoestring Potatoes Spilling From A Bag, Claes Oldenburg, 1966
Contemporary modern artists attempt to evaporate the distance between the viewer and the artist. With classic pop art like Claes Oldenburg’s Shoestring Potatoes Falling from a Bag, viewers are connected through the power of ordinary objects.
An African Anonymous Adventuress, Kara Walker, 2001
Artist Kara Walker uses her work to connect with those parts of being human that we can’t put into words. Artists do things that the rest of us are afraid to do or find impossible to express. “Endless Conundrum” is an explicitly sexual piece that speaks in black and white terms about race.
SHADOWS OF MEANING
Transcending: The New International, Julie Mehretu, 2003
Untitled, Kazuo Shiraga, 1959