Final Spring 2015

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FA 261 Western Art History Survey 2

Final Spring 2015

This test is closed book, closed mouth, and open mind. You can use your NOTES (including quizzes) to work on the essays. Please be Honorable about doing your own, best work. You can break the exam down into parts — Slides, Multiple Choice, Matching and Essays — but please don’t peek ahead while you are still studying. Take as much time as you need, but I have indicated how long seems reasonable to me.

Part I is slide identifications and a short essay about one of the slides. Reproductions of the slides are embedded in this Word document. For each slide write down the name of the artist, the title of the work, and the date. Add the style if you can to offset other errors. This part of the test shouldn’t take much more than about 20 or 25 minutes and should be completed all at once. Write the word quintessential at the bottom of your slide identifications for an extra point. Correctly define it for another point. You have a choice of two images for writing a brief descriptive essay. This may take 30 minutes.

Part II is a series of multiple choice questions (1 point each). This part of the test probably will not take more than 30 minutes. There are even several Bonus Questions. If you want to type the multiple choice answers too, that is great; just being sure to put the question number and then your answer in some easy-to-follow way such as:       

  1. C          or
  2. By standing on her head.

Part III requires you to match terms and images. Pick the best match, often your first thought will be your best. I have tried to minimize overlap. This part will probably go fairly quickly.

Part IV consists of your choice of essay questions. Pick two to answer using your notes, including quizzes. The Kleiner book is out of bounds and please do not add to your notes after you open the questions. About 250 words per answer (minimum 2/3 page typed, please double space). Integrate and synthesize. These are big questions but you have the resources to tackle them. Take your time, observe, analyze, and synthesize. I strongly encourage you to try making a little outline (you don’t need to turn that part in) to prioritize and organize your answer. (14 points each)

Never EVER go online or ask someone else for help on an exam.


Type the entire test and submit via MOODLE.

Your name must appear in the document and file name.

Lateness is not good for your grade.



                                          Slide IDs below. Enlarge images if you want to.

Part I: Identify the 10 slides (2.5 points each) by giving: Artist; Title; Date (within 5 years)

      Enlarge pictures as needed.

  1.                          2.                                             3.
  1.              5.                                             6.                                             7.
  1. 9.                                                         10.

For Slide Essay                

X                                                                                       Y
Identify the 10 slides
 (2.5 points each) by giving:

      Artist                            Full Title                                                Date                             Style                                                                                                                        (within 5 years)











Slide Essay 10 points, 250 words (I will be stricter about length than last test – avoid skimping but do not go too far overboard.)

      Slides X and Y are art objects you probably haven’t seen before from artists that we have studied. Pick one image and place it in an artistic (style, technique, and/or –ism) context. Then write a description as follows:

For slide X describe the slide through a content or context lens. Consider social and/or personal meanings focusing on what you see as the artist’s intent. For slide Y write a formal description but including why the form is meaningful. The emphasis is on the description but at least one full sentence must explain the meaning or significance behind the form.

      For either essay, provide rationale for your observations. I strongly encourage you to create a brief outline to organize your ideas so that you can write a concise and coherent essay. Do not waste words liking or disliking or telling me that it is great/beautiful but get really busy making a strong presentation. Put some ideas together. Two points extra credit for a correct ID of either artist (but only one bonus per customer).

Double Space or Lose a Point


Part II Multiple Choice (one point each) No Notes. Read carefully and pick the best answer.

  1. What was the aim of the New Objectivity movement in German art: A) Honest image of the effects of war; B) Precise imagery of warfare; C) Sentimental view of past military glories; D) Social criticism of minorities; E) All of the above?
  1. What areas of life have socially engaged artists investigating power and privilege explore: A) Race; B) Social class; C) Ethnic heritage; D) Personal identity; E) All of the above?
  1. Where does video art take place in relation to the picture plane or screen surface: A) At the picture plane; B) Along perspectival orthogonals; C) Video art avoids the illusion of depth; D) Deep space behind the plane; E) None of the above?
  1. How did Henri Matisse use color: A) For universal meanings; B) Randomly; C) personal expression; D) Precise illusionism; E) To match the furniture?
  1. In considering art (or other endeavors), intellectual labeling is sometimes helpful but we need to: A) strive to understand the cultural context; B) strive to understand the artist’s intent; C) not be too attached to our labeling notions; D) be aware of the limitations of imposed labels; E) All of the above.
  1. What is a readymade and what must the artist do to make one into a work of art: A) Anything not made by the artist/pay for it; B) Mass produced found object/the artist’s choice; C) Mass produced found object/critical acceptance; D) Anything chosen by the artist/public acceptance; E) None of the above?
  1. Who is often considered the quintessential Pop artist: A) Cy Twombley; B) Frank Stella; C) Judy Chicago; D) Elaine de Kooning; E) Andy Warhol?
  1. What influence did the Bauhaus have: A) Negligible; B) Social justice; C) Art school curricula; D) Promoted female artists; E) All of the above?
  1. What is the postmodernist approach to finding meaning in art: A) The artist’s intent defines the meaning; B) It usually means what the majority of people think it does; C) Meaning is defined by the title; D) Art does not have fixed meanings; E) We cannot assign meaning until the art is academically evaluated?
  1. What is Femmage: A) Feminist collage; B) Picasso’s Weeping Woman collage; C) A style of Abstract Expressionism; D) A Hannah Hoch’s photo montage; E) None of the above?
  1. What defines an art object for Conceptual artists: A) Approval of art elites; B) Artist’s idea; C) Superior execution; D) Challenges to Marcel Duchamp; D) Anything counter to the prevailing style; E) Platonic ideals?
  1. Where do surrealists look for inspiration: A) Social movements; B) The unconscious mind; C) Spirituality; D) Optical effects of color; E) Drugs?
  1. What is a hallmark of German Expressionism:  A) Distortions of form and agitated brushwork; B) Glittering surface and symbolic content; C) Modern retelling of medieval legends; D) Action and color-field painting; E) Celebrating the Weimar Republic?
  1. Which artistic concern does Kleiner see in the work of Ana Mendieta: A) Culture; B) Spirituality; C) Body issues; D) Feminism; E) All of the above?
  1. What is the general response of postmodern architects toward city life: A) Create new social order; B) Formal beautification; C) Rejection of financial reality; D) Energy efficiency; E) Acceptance?
  1. What sort of truth did Dada artists seek: A) They did not believe in truth; B) Rational understanding; C) self revelation and catharsis; D) Psychological enlightenment; E) Spiritual rebirth?
  1. What formal strategies did Georgia O’Keeffe employ in her paintings: A) Simplification; B) Changes of scale; C) Close-up cropping; D) Isolation; E) All of the above?
  1. What is a difference between traditional theater and performance art that was discussed in class: A) Venue; B) Performance art is free; C) Performance art is always spontaneous; D) Performance art is done naked; E) Theater is fake and performance art is real?
  1. An important influence on Abstract Expressionism was: A) Neo-classicism; B) Pop Art; C) Post-modernism; D) Surrealism; E) Surrealism?
  1. What ideas did Pop art bring to the art world: A) Consumer culture; B) Irony and humor; C) Shared symbols to convey meaning; D) Accessibility to average viewers; E) All of the above?
  1. How does Kleiner define existentialism: A) Existence is joy; B) Existence is controlled by fate; C) We are all part of a net of humanity; D) We are solitary and lost in the world; E) Life is hard but we can rise above it?
  1. After Abstract Expressionism: A) Figures rarely appear in art; B) All artists embraced gestural painting; C) Meaning in art became more focused; D) Most art became less personal; E) None of the above?
  1. Process art is: A) Mostly about the artist’s personal creative process; B) A range of approaches often using industrial materials and fabrication; C) Now done with computers; D) Primarily about social processes; E) Not accepted as authentic by most museums?
  1. Like the Impressionists, The Eight painted contemporary life as they saw it so what is the big difference: A) Geography; B) Grittier attitude; C) Brighter color palette; D) Artist’s socioeconomic status; E) There were 23 Impressionists?
  1. How did Modernists view photography: A) As both a window and mirror on life; B) As a mirror or bridge to life; C) As a document of the banal; D) A way of controlling opinion; E) As a window to the soul?

Matching: Pick the best match for each term (one point each). Enlarge pictures as needed.

  1. The “End of Art” ________                        2. Synthetic Cubism _______
  2. Biomorphic Surrealism ________4. German Expressionism ________
  3. Central Core Feminist imagery ________6. American Scene ________
  4. Fauvism _______                        8. Action Painting _______
  5. Italian Futurism _______                        10. Conceptual Art _______
  6. Photo Realism _______12. Minimalism ________


                 A                                                         B                                              C



     D                                                         D                                             E



F                                                   G                                             H                                 I



J                                                   K                                                        

BONUS: One point each.

B1. What words does the term Pixel come from?

B2. What does Magritte challenge in The Treachery of Images? What favorite quote cited by Bob can you connect this to?

B3. What frustrates a viewer’s attempt to arrive at a definitive or final reading of Cubist imagery?

B4. Although Op Art influenced fashion design, what were common reactions to the paintings themselves?

STOP – Essays Below – only scroll past here until you are ready for them.












STOP – Essays Below – only scroll past here until you are ready for them.







Essay: Pick one question from each category to answer using your notes, including quizzes, and the study guide. Please do not add to your notes after you open the questions. About 250 words per answer (minimum 2/3 page typed, double space or you lose a point). Integrate and synthesize. You must include a topic sentence that gives me a sense of which question you are answering AND the direction you are taking to answer it. These are big questions but you have the resources to tackle them. Take your time, observe, analyze, and synthesize. In most cases either paintings or sculptures would work as examples. If you can make your argument with architecture, that is certainly valid as well. I strongly encourage you to try making a little outline (you don’t need to turn that part in) to prioritize and organize your answer. (14 points each)

If you do not understand a question email me for help.

Answer ONE of the following three questions.

A1. Describe the meaning of an art object from either the first 25 years of the 20th century or from 1960 – 1980. The object should have social meanings – something to do with society and how life is lived, outside of the strictly personal – although they may have other meaning. Your task is to connect the object to its context and point out how meaning is conveyed though subject matter, formal choices, and/or point-of-view. For full credit write a single sentence that relates this object to another (specific) piece that you feel has a similar or related meaning but keep you focus on the first object (do not write a comparison).

A2. Describe two specific art objects with respect to the gap between art and life that we have discussed. One object should be something that you feel bridges the gap and one should fit on with side of the gap. This second object may be too “arty” for people to understand or so mundane that (in your opinion) it does not rise to the level of art. You must find some similarities between the two but focus on what makes them different relative to that perceived gap. Connect each object to its art historical context.

A3. Compare two art objects that deal with abstraction in different ways. They may share similar meanings with very different types of abstraction OR they may use similar strategies of abstraction to convey very different meanings. Identify specific objects and use enough detail that it is clear that you understand the formal choices of the artists and how they have created meaning. Do not write a lot of formal description but focus on the ideas about form that the artists use. Your explanation of meaning needs to be clear but you are most interested in how form is being used.


Double space or you will lose a point.


Pick one of the following questions.

B1. Write a formal description of any one of the ten images in the slide IDs. Write about two elements of form and one principle. For full credit the principle you choose should result from the use of the two elements: your three main points need to connect. Be specific, use your best art vocabulary, and make the connections clear. Do not consider content although it may help to name objects or subjects as you describe the form used to represent them. Just form. Do not waste words liking or disliking or writing that the artist did a good job.

B2. Describe the artistic style or movement of one of the ten images in the slide IDs. You have named it, what is it about. What point was the movement trying to prove? Be specific about how the object embodies the movement (or “ism”). You may consider formal, social, historical, or biographical ideas or how meaning is created by the object. Be specific. For full credit refer to one other object from the same movement that supports your thesis.

Double space or you will lose a point.

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