Date of Defense

Spring 4-15-2005

Department

Art

First Advisor

Michael Pritchard, Philosophy

Second Advisor

Karen Bondarchuk, Art

Abstract

The idea of art as a reductive process is not new within the art world. In 1953, Robert Rauschenberg created the piece "Erased DeKooning" for which he erased a painting by DeKooning and displayed the end product (a blank canvas). The author found herself considering the way in which art has changed over the course of the twentieth century. The 20th century could be viewed as a time in which the main purpose of art was to destroy all artistic conventions and redefine art. Some would say art has come out unfocused and without a purpose. The author explores the very question of the state of art today, where it is headed, and whether this spells the end of art.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access

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