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    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Cremaster 4, film still from video.

    • Film stills; Motion pictures; Video recording; Storytelling; Fantasy; Myths; Science fiction; Metamorphosis; Supernatural; Supernatural beings; Heroes; Dandies; Men; Ears; Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Corsages

    • "Here the artist aspires to a metamorphosis which hints partly at mythology, partly at science fiction. However, with mock pathos, Barney's floppy ears and dual kiss-curls inadequately match up to the four horns of the ram which the video's...
    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Bedia's Stirring Wheel.

    • Sculpture; Mixed media; Symbols; Discrimination; Race discrimination; Race relations; Racism; Ethnic groups; Ethnic stereotypes; Indigenous peoples; Cultural relations; History; Irony; Fantasy; Archaeology; Excavation; Hides & skins; Steering...

    • "Durham's symbolic recoding of the imagery of modern America in the terms of its native Indians is interesting in relation to Joseph Beuys's use of Indian iconography for purposes of symbolic retribution. As a modernist, Beuys assumed his work...
    • Talking.

    • Talking.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Arms (Anatomy); Hands; Fingers; Body parts; Clocks & watches; Cigarettes; Smoking; Smoke; Worry

    • "As in certain paintings by Francis Bacon, existential givens were made stubbornly palpable in Guston's pictures. Recurrent images such as a head with a single wide-open eye, wrist-watches, bare light-bulbs, or cigarette butts spoke of bouts...
    • Columns series, Right Sword, Left Garland.

    • Columns series, Right Sword, Left Garland.

    • Montages; Photographs; Motion study photographs; Patterns (Design elements); Men; Women; Clothing & dress; Heads (Anatomy); Faces; Skulls; Crosses; Flags; Symbols; Power (Social sciences)

    • "Between 1970 and 1987 Zofia Kulik carried out performances in her native Poland with fellow artist Przenyslaw Kwick. Her more recent photographic works contain a 'time-based' aspect in that, rather than constituting montages made up from...
    • Jupiter, front view.

    • Jupiter, front view.

    • Sculpture; Myths; Legends; Gods; People associated with religion; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Men; Nudes; Genitals; Clothing & dress; Hairstyles; Beards; Lightning; Lifting & carrying; Gestures; Eagles; Birds; Animals;...

    • "Here the god is shown standing, naked, a coat thrown over his left shoulder. His left arm is raised and perhaps at one time leaned on a long scepter. The thunderbolt in his right hand and the eagle at his feet are other attributes of this...
    • The Ultimate Anxiety.

    • The Ultimate Anxiety.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Marines (Visual works); Seascapes; Landscapes (Representations); Rites & ceremonies; Harbors; Bodies of water; Ships; Boats; Sailing ships; Galleys (Ships); Vessels; Sailing; Gondolas; Rowboats; Vehicles; Railroad...

    • "Although resident in America, Morley was the first winner of the Turner Prize in 1984. Funded by the 'Patrons of New Art' affiliated to London's Tate Gallery, this prize was subsequently awarded annually for 'outstanding contributions' to...
    • Guarded Conditions.

    • Guarded Conditions.

    • Photographs; Photographic prints; Instant camera photographs; Dye diffusion transfer prints; Plaques; Mixed media; Social aspects; Social values; Ethnic stereotypes; Stereotyping; Discrimination; Women; Backs (Anatomy); Standing; Clothing &...

    • "The viewer of Lorna Simpson's works is compelled to shuttle between texts and images in order to construct meanings. The use of text-image conjunctions was a major component of 1980s photographic process. In Britain Victor Burgin's teaching...
    • Isis, front, slight three-quarter view.

    • Isis, front, slight three-quarter view.

    • Sculpture; Myths; Legends; Women; Goddesses; People associated with religion; Supernatural beings; Fictitious characters; Heads (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Headdresses; Headgear; Hairstyles; Symbols; Cobras; Snakes; Reptiles

    • "This head of Isis, turned to the right, with delicately parted lips, is almost entirely intact except for the ends of a few locks of hair and the left edge of her tiara. The neck stops at a recessed fitting, a tenon, indicating that the head...
    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Five Deaths Seventeen Times in Black and White.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Allusions; Death; Disasters; Tragedies; Accidents; Automobiles; Vehicles; Dead persons; Wounds & injuries; Voyeurism; Social aspects; Social classes

    • "The use of serial repetition here, as in other early Warhol works, relates interestingly to Minimalist uses of repetition. The reciprocally ironic relation between Warhol and the Minimalists came to a head in 1964. Warhol exhibited a series...
    • Untitled, detail.

    • Untitled, detail.

    • Performance art; Signs (Notices); Stripes; Patterns (Design elements); Men; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Walking; Automobiles; Vehicles; Sidewalks; Trees; Plants; Details

    • "This is an early example of Buren's use of stripe motifs in a public context. He has continued the practice to the present. For instance, in 1997 in Munster, Germany, his contribution to a festival of site-specific sculpture consisted of...
    • Untitled.

    • Untitled.

    • Performance art; Signs (Notices); Stripes; Patterns (Design elements); Men; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Suits (Clothing); Walking; Automobiles; Vehicles; Sidewalks; Trees; Plants

    • "This is an early example of Buren's use of stripe motifs in a public context. He has continued the practice to the present. For instance, in 1997 in Munster, Germany, his contribution to a festival of site-specific sculpture consisted of...
    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Saccho H8 (Sack H8).

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Abstract paintings; Abstract works; Bags; Stencils (Images); Numerals; Mixed media

    • "The sacks used in these canvases often displayed stenciled letters relating to their commercial origins. This suggests some link with the German prewar Dadaist, Kurt Schwitters who made collages from printed waste paper. However, Burri,...
    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Wallpapers; Details; Commercialism; Patterns (Design elements); Cows; Cattle; Bulls; Animals; Livestock; Heads (Anatomy); Horns (Animal); Ears; Bridles

    • "Warhol's 'wallpaper' initially decorated a room at Leo Castelli's New York gallery in April, 1966. Another room was devoted to his floating Silver Clouds (helium-filled silver pillows)." (Caption, p.111); "[Robert] Rauschenberg's...
    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Cow Wallpaper, detail.

    • Prints; Screen prints; Wallpapers; Details; Commercialism; Patterns (Design elements); Cows; Cattle; Bulls; Animals; Livestock; Heads (Anatomy); Horns (Animal); Ears; Bridles

    • "Warhol's 'wallpaper' initially decorated a room at Leo Castelli's New York gallery in April, 1966. Another room was devoted to his floating Silver Clouds (helium-filled silver pillows)." (Caption, p.111); "[Robert] Rauschenberg's...
    • Untitled (Shanty).

    • Untitled (Shanty).

    • Sculpture; Architecture; Buildings; Houses; Dwellings; Huts; Shelters; Housing; Architectural elements; Walls; Doors & doorways; Wheels

    • "Alice Aycock […] bases her forms on the logic of the imagination. […] Aycock revels in conjuring the past. The rich associative content of her sculpture is often nurtured by fanciful titles and accompanying texts that refer to history,...
    • Untitled (We Have Received Orders Not to Move).

    • Untitled (We Have Received Orders Not to Move).

    • Photographs; Stats; Reproductions; Collages; Language; Slogans; Graphic design; Inscriptions; Lettering (Layout features); Advertisements; Advertising; Feminism; Women; Social aspects; Social classes; Social life; Social justice; Social values;...

    • "Given her interest in writing, it is not surprising that [Kruger] soon began to incorporate words into her art. Her new mode - large-scale black and white images reshot from scavenged photos and interpolated with a written message - debuted...
    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Ocean: 7 Steps #1, detail.

    • Drawings; Graphite drawings; Seascape drawings; Seascapes; Seas; Oceans; Bodies of water; Nature; Details

    • "[…] Vija Celmins uses nature as a starting point. In her re-creations of the heavens and earth, Celmins prods the viewer into an expanded awareness of both her sources and the process of artistic vision. […] In 1968 Celmins's preferred...
    • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    • Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Allegorical paintings; Allegories; Human life cycle; Indigenous peoples; Men; Women; Adults; Older people; Children; Youth; Girls; Infants; Nudes; Breasts; Backs (Anatomy); Clothing & dress; Bracelets; Jewelry;...

    • "Where Do We Come From? offers a flowing composition divided into three main figure groupings set in a jungle clearing with the sea in the background. In the center a Polynesian Eve, reminiscent of Botticelli's Giuliano de' Medici in the...
    • Guernica.

    • Guernica.

    • Paintings; Oil paintings; Civil wars; War; Politics & government; Political issues; Dictators; Nazis; Fascism; Civilization; Bombings; Military tactics; War destruction & pillage; Death; Dismemberment; Body parts; Mental states; Despair;...

    • "In this monumental work of 1937, Guernica, Picasso combined Analytic and Synthetic Cubist forms with several traditional motifs, juxtaposing them in a new Surrealist way. The combination serves the political message of the painting - namely,...
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