Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Robert Rauschenberg / Tom Judd

Robert Rauschenberg is most famous for his Combines, which are combinations of painting and sculpture. He entered the art world 1950s during the period of transition between Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. His time learning painting in school was heavily influenced by the ideals of the bauhaus. I think that both of these factors contribute significantly to why his artwork looks the way it does. I would describe it as a more expressionistic form of pop art. He used multiple printmaking processes such as silk screen and lithographs, in conjunction with painting, photography, and sculpture.

Tom Judd is a painter whose pieces are similar to printmaking in the way that they are layered. He uses found photos, botanical illustrations, maps, and other such imagery to build up layered oil paintings, and in the process, using some printmaking techniques. By creating depth through layering, Judd's paintings evoke memories that draw the viewer in to look even deeper into the history of the composition. Judd's paintings focus on the past by using nostalgic memorabilia that has strong cultural significance and by letting the past layers of the paintings inform the new ones.

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