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Why I Do This: Art as an Existential Solution




March 26, 2012

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This collection is derived from a computer file entitled "Why I Do This."  All of the artists present were considered at the height of an existential crisis while completing my MA in Art History.  It is this list and the works by those artists on it that helped me remember why I began the journey.

Although each image is linked temporally, geographically, and stylistically as Postwar European Figurative Abstraction, their grouping in this setting is as personal reminders of the meaning of life, the quest for beauty, and the willingness to seek it in distorted realities.

This subjective collection is certainly missing several important contributors to my existential relief.  Limited by the digital collections of the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, this collection would be best served by the collections of another Modern Art Collection such as the MoMa or the Pompidou.  These artists are conspicuously absent in this list: Lucien Freud, Patrick Swift, Jean Fautrier, Francis Gruber, Germaine Richier, and Zoran Mušič.

Despite these absences, the collection adequately reflects central point of the list: to visualize the personal impetus for the struggle in academia and life.


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Type: Student-created Work
Grades: Adult
Instructional Method: Learning Portfolio
Added to Site: March 26, 2012