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Santiago became an important saint in New Spain, recast to convey Spanish dominance over the Indigenous population in the sixteenth century.
Everything is, in the end, a question of representation (in words or images) in which we choose to believe, or not.
For Bauhaus designers, beauty was achieved through careful choices of materials, proportions, textures, and colors for the functional features of the objects.
The Gupta period saw tremendous advances in Indian art and architecture.
Surrealism both infantilized and empowered women.
Automatism was a group of techniques used by the Surrealists to facilitate the direct and uncontrolled outpouring of unconscious thought.
Purism replaced what they described as Cubism’s decorative, vague, and contingent forms with mathematically-designed compositions of perfected ideal forms.
The Surrealists were interested in the unconscious as a creative source.
The goal of Surrealist writings and art was to “ruin” the logical, practical, and moral reasoning that structures human understanding of reality.
The purpose of the readymade is fundamentally conceptual. Any objection that the object is not beautiful, or did not require any skill to make, misses the point.
The Dadaists were effective in creating devastating social and political criticism in postwar Germany.
Collage was in many ways a perfect medium for Dada iconoclasm and social protest.