Ernesto Neto “The Body that Carries Me” 2014


 Formal Analysis & Research Paper This assignment ( is designed to get you thinking like an art historian. This type of research and writing is the foundation of the art historians’ craft. Your paper should be typed and double-spaced with a font size of 11 or 12, no smaller or larger. I anticipate an average length for the paper to be THREE to FOUR pages of text. Please also include a title page and your bibliography page. Such a paper would then be a total of FIVE to SIX pages. Choose ONE modern Latin American work of art that interests you. This will be the your paper’s focus and you will want to start to gather as much information as you can about your particular piece. The first step you will need to do is identify the work’s title, artist (if no artist is recorded, then write “artist unknown”), date and cultural affiliation (e.g., Egyptian, Greek, Early Christian), and finally the work’s medium (i.e., material(s) used in creating the object). Then, your paper will consist of two exercises – 1) a formal analysis and 2) a contextual analysis. 1) Formal analysis This part of the assignment ( requires a detailed description of the “formal” qualities of the art object (formal here means “related to the form,” not “fancy” or “elegant”). In other words, you’re looking at the individual design elements, such as the composition (arrangement of parts of or in the work), line, color/ light, scale, proportion, texture, pattern & rhythm issues, time & motion, balance issues, subject matter, iconography and meaning. Your primary concern in this section is to attempt to explain how the artist arranges and uses these various elements. Think of the object as a series of decisions that an artist made. Your job is to figure out and describe, explain, and interpret those decisions and why the artist may have made them. You will have to look at the object closely and then write down what you see. You might struggle with this assignment ( because it is hard to translate what you see into words—don’t give up. Translating something from a visual language to a textual language is one of the most vital tasks of the art historian. 2) Contextual analysis This part of the assignment ( requires you to discuss the cultural context that produced the art object. This type of analysis aims at understanding how a work of art expresses or shapes the experiences, ideas, and values of the individuals and groups that make, use, view, or own it. In doing this, consider what we discuss in class and what the class book records about the object’s “home” culture, the date (period), and the cultural or historical matters that have influenced it. How does the work address these cultural or historical matters? * REMEMBER: Make sure to cite [in-text and on a reference page/ bibliography from where you derived the information. ** Your chosen object must have prior approval by the instructor. ** HELPFUL SOURCE: Barnet, Sylvan. A Short Guide to Writing about Art. New York: Harper Collins College, 1993. CITATION STYLE: Art history does not have an established documentation style, although Chicago predominates. You will use Chicago Manual of Style for your citations. I have a link on the course page for you to use as a reference. Here is a useful links to help:

Looking for a Similar Assignment? Order now and Get a Discount!

"Looking for a Similar Assignment? Order now and Get a Discount!