WHEN COLLECTING

EXAMPLES OF ART WORK

FOR YOUR MUSUEM

Think about what is the artist's motive? Is it a passionate message? A quest to see something familiar in a new light?

The artist who is passionate about his work, who is driven by what he is trying to say, keeps painting in spite of the art market. The art market is fickle and is dependent on the critics and collectors who support or reject the work. Artists also can't rely on the changing taste of the public. The truly great artists who endure the test of time, create because they must.

Olere Nassy

· Start by deciding what your group's agenda will be...Is it Political? Religious? Conservative? Radical? War monger? Pacifist? Human rights?

•Search some of the Museum sites to see how themes are used to group art work.

· Search through classroom posters, art books, and the internet sources to find images of art work that fit your agenda. Which message do you wish to convey? Are you promoting stereotypes and prejudice? Are you selecting "safe" or "controversial" images? And why?

•Set up an exhibition outside the classroom and keep a record of comments from the passing audience. Consider the comments that were made at the 1937 exhibition in Munich which Hitler put on display as examples of ridicule.(Barron)

"Spontaneous children's drawings"

"Fantasies of mental patients"

"Jewish"

"Degenerate"

"products of cultural Bolshevism"

"unnatural colors"

"collapse of sensitivity to form and color"

"class struggle propaganda"

"draft dodging"

"moral program of Bolshevism"

"racial degeneration"

"mental degeneration"

"Jewish art"

"sheer insanity"