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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:07 PM   #1

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I have been studying Modern Art History this semester at Uni and have an exam this Friday. Part of the exam is to memorises 75 paintings covering all the modern art movements from 1910-1970. From these 75 paintings I have to know,

the artists,
the name of the painting,
when it was painted,
the movement
then say something brief about it.

The teacher has given us the names of the 75 paintings which are from the course text book and 6 of these from the various different movements will be in the exam.

Has anyone got any good suggestions how to remember this. I can identify the movements, so if it is a major painting, I might know the artist, but that's it.
Any suggestions???

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Old October 14th, 2012, 09:23 PM   #2

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What I suggest is that you don't try to remember them all at once. How many days do you have to study? Divide the number of paintings by the number of days. Let's say it turns out to be 11 paintings per day. Then, try to memorize the first elevn by going over them every 10 or 15 minutes. The next day, you get eleven more, and you should be able to review the first eleven with ease. Do that each day until the exam. Good luck to you.
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What I suggest is that you don't try to remember them all at once. How many days do you have to study? Divide the number of paintings by the number of days. Let's say it turns out to be 11 paintings per day. Then, try to memorize the first elevn by going over them every 10 or 15 minutes. The next day, you get eleven more, and you should be able to review the first eleven with ease. Do that each day until the exam. Good luck to you.
That is a great idea. I think I have enough time to do that. This Friday is the exam. I have sort of done that with 10 already. I actually photo copied about 20 of them and thought it was a wasting too much time so stopped. But your idea may work. Thanks
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All I can offer (Jake10 said it all) is to wish you lots and lots of luck.
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All I can offer (Jake10 said it all) is to wish you lots and lots of luck.
Thanks Pedro.
I am also trying to get some meaning from the actually paintings that tie in with the name. Plus sometimes the paintings have the artists name on them.

Hopefully out of 6 I shall know 3 at least! Plus the tutor/lecturer is giving 1/2 points for bits of information so maybe I shall get a lot of 1/2 points.

Besides that I have been doing well with my essays with getting credits and distinctions so going ok. 70-80% marks.

I then have a history exam next week, and I shall be back here.
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If these painting are all in the same book zap me a name. Maybe I have an edition and can see how gigantic the problem is.
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p.s. you can always make stuff up. I've impressed many a pseudo-intellectual with stupid statements such as "angular fragmentation of pigment."
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If these painting are all in the same book zap me a name. Maybe I have an edition and can see how gigantic the problem is.
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p.s. you can always make stuff up. I've impressed many a pseudo-intellectual with stupid statements such as "angular fragmentation of pigment."
The Book is called Shock of the New, art of the century of change, udated and enlarged ed, by Robert Hughes, Thames & Huddson, 1991.

The main movements we have looked at are Cubism, Expressionism, Dada, Surrealism, De Stilj, Bauhaus, Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Kinetic Art & Consceptual Art. We are to say what the context of the art work is besides the basic information. the teachers example says for Jackson Pollock, images was an abstract experssionist from the New York school of art, which produced ??? many non figurative pieces of art. (I just said that part). Its not about form and colours as much, but more compare and constrast paintings and their movements with giving examples.

The memorising of the painting is only one part of three of the exam.

Part one is 10 basic questions worth 2 points each. These are questions from our work which has been completed each week.
Part two to answer 2 questions from 5 and write a page essay for each topic. This is more of a compare and constrast and approaches in the movements.
Part three is 6 paintings from 75! which is the big drama. So I should get back to learning them. I have put them into the movements and artists so hopefully I shall know the main ones!

So long as my knowledge matches up with the questions I should be okay with parts a & b.

When its all over I shall do a blog and tell all what I have been doing!
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I am almost embarrassed to say I don't own the Hughes book. He is one of the few writers on art that knows his stuff. A brilliant man. I have a couple of his others and some videos but not the major work. I think you will do well.
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One trick I used in college was to make small photocopies of the work, and put those on my fridge or sometimes at the kitchen sink or bathroom mirror - where I could not help but see them constantly.

I'd be wary, in this instance, for the ones stuck in the series solely to fool you into thinking of one movement when it was another.
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