For this activity, it is helpful to provide each group with a color photocopy of the artworks from the list below. Download and print the images from the downloadable PDF version in the Resources section of this page.
View the following images:
1. Deborah Butterfield Woodrow
2. Lucio Fontana Spatial Concept—Expectation
3. Rebecca Horn The Little Painting School Performs a Waterfall
4. Gabriel Orozco Yielding Stone
5. Nam June Paik TV Cello
6. Niki de Saint Phalle Untitled from Edition Mat 64
7. George Segal Diner
8. Kazuo Shiraga Untitled
Divide the class into small groups to read the background information about one artwork. Ask each group to write about the creation of the piece or what they think each artist may have done to make it.
How does the “finished” artwork reflect the physical movements, activities, or performance of the artist?
other people besides the artist part of the process?
Do you think this has resulted in the creation of an artwork or is it just a record of an activity? Why?
Show each image again and ask each group to share their responses with the class.
Key Questions:1. What is art?