My Tour of the Harn Hali Reeves

Medium of the Art/Technique of the Artist

Composition after Botticelli (1938) Werner Drewes, Oil on canvas

Being an art student, it is very important that I understand different techniques and styles across art history. One technique that I have always had a hard time wrapping my head around, or even really appreciating as a valid style, is cubism. Yes, Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists was a Cubist, however I just never could get into it. However, seeing this piece at the Harn Museum changed my perspective. I thought it is innovative that Drewes took an already famous artwork and turned it into a cubist painting. Seeing the cubism next to the inspiration made me realize how artists can take real life and change it to be in cube form. I was able to see the colors and shapes in Botticelli's piece and see how it impacted and inspired Drewes' painting. Composition after Botticelli definitely gave me an artist epiphany, in that now my eyes and mind have opened to cubism and other styles of art.

Design Of the museum

Asian Art Wing of the Harn Museum

The design of the Asian Art Wing was very appealing to me. Walking into this wing it felt very bright and airy. The large picture window showed a view of an Asian inspired garden and pond area right outside. The room was also mostly composed of wood, similar to the grid design on the window, which is also inspired by Asian architecture. Not only did the design of this room reflect the origin of the artwork displayed within it, but it was also a breath of fresh air compared to the rest of the museum. The Harn Museum, as well as most museums, is composed mostly of clean white walls and harsh white lights. The natural light and view of nature was a very welcome change.

Art and core values

Guerrilla Girls Exhibit

One exhibit that spoke to me on a more personal level was the Guerrilla Girls. I identify with their cause because I am both a woman and an artist. I also am very passionate about feminism and the progression of women's rights. This exhibit ignited my passion for sharing my ideals through my art and being able to achieve recognition for this. I also love the Guerrilla Girls and everything they stand for and I'm very excited to go to their lecture next week.

Art and the good life

Moon Bridge at Kameido Helen Hyde

The Japanese inspired pieces were reminiscent of the Good Life because they were painted by European artists who went on tours through Asia in order to explore their way of living. These artists decided to do this in order to appreciate their way of living, and also apply these ideals to their own lives in order to obtain a better life. This reminds me of how people search and seeks out the good life by exploring and trying to find meaning in life.

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