I am not a person for new year resolutions. I always break them. Pretty much like everyone else I guess. But this year I'm determinined to do a couple of things. 1) I really want to improve my vocabulary and 2) I really want to improve what I know about art history.
So i guess these are new year resolutions as such. Imust admit they are pretty pathetic after all I only have to learn one new word or one new 'ism' and i have succeeded. That's gotta be good.
But I'm not going to be that soft.
During the last week of term I was asking the headteacher of art at school about the pre raphaelite brotherhood (i can't remember why - just one of those random things) and she couldn't give me a clear answer as to who they were or what they stood for but she said she had a little book on "isms" and she would look it up. She did so and showed me the book (i didn't catch the author or publisher) but just a quick look through showed me just how ignorant i am about all these so called movements.
A couple of days ago the 'ism' idea jumped at me again while i was researching some stuff for my extension class (the nsw curriculum has an element that is quite focused on post modernism/post structuralism/post colonialism/feminism etc) and while i feel fairly confident in this narrow use of the terms I would really like to see how it all fits together. I don't know if that is even possible. I suspect it is not.
not taking it too seriously...
I have decided to undertake a random look at the 'isms'
knowing it has been done before but much more capable/knowledgable/articulate people than myself
but not for any other purpose than to learn something new.
i put together a list of isms (from a number of web pages and my own knowledge):
• abstract expressionism
• social realism,
• socialist realism
and I am going to randomly investigate each one of them! (Random in that I am going to work down the list, which is alphabetical, apart from the 'post' isms)
Please feel free to add to the list. ...just leave me a comment and i'll be happy to include any you think need to be included. (please don't make them up! although i'm sure that is very tempting).
So.....first cab of the rank is.....
will report back soon
ps Should feminism be included in a list of artist's 'isms'. eek, i problem before I even start (but it's ok 'f' is a long, long way off). Could you more knowledgable arty folk please tell me, what you think?