Part 1. Project 1. Exercise 3: Reading About Art

In this exercise I am required to read an excerpt from ‘Art History: The Basics’ by Grant Pooke and Diana Newall (2008, Abingdon: Routledge) Pages 1-8. I am to make notes on any parts that require further research or that jump out at me as particularly meaningful. I am also to identify any words that are new to me and list them.

The one item from this extract which really struck me was the initial tale of David Hensel submitting a sculputre of a head for an art exhibition, and how the plinth that accompanied it became mistakenly identified as the exhibit instead. That one of the traditional academy arts should be mistaken for a piece of Contemporary art strikes me as quite amusing.

I’m not a fan of Contemporary art myself so the idea that someone can look at an empty plinth and not think ‘maybe there’s something that should go on top of that’, just seems a bit nutty.

Throughout the text I noted down all words that were new to me. The words and their definitions are listed below.

Bauhaus – This is a German modern art movement.

My Modern Met. (2019). Bauhaus: How the Avant-Garde Movement Transformed Modern Art. [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019].

Hegemonic – This means leadership or dominance. (2019). Definition of hegemony | [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019].

Ethnographic – This means ‘a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures ‘. (2019). Definition of ethnographic | [online] Available at: [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019]. Ethnographic – This means ‘ a branch of anthropology dealing with the scientific description of individual cultures ‘.


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