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Click here to browse the Art History Archive. Katharina Fritsch Gaining not only American, but also European attention, Katharina Fritsch entered the realm of the art world and quickly established herself as a distinguished woman sculptor.
Being one of the few prominent females in an arena that mainly showcased the talents of men; she boldly led her gender towards recognition in the area of recent Neo-Pop Art. Katharina was born in in Germany and began her studies there at the Kunstakademie. Her work resembles that of Jeff Koons, and Andy Warhol in the fact that she often takes objects from popular culture and though replication and exploitation alters the contextual content of these items.
This practice of taking objects from the social environment and manipulating their form can be seen as a result of Koons' "kitchy, souvenir art" influence. Through color and content, Fritsch is able to transform these duplicated images into viable pieces of art.
Her work though, should not be confused with his practice of assisted ready-mades. While her sculptures are modeled after items of popular culture, each replica has been physically handcrafted by the artist herself.
An example is an oversized, fluorescent yellow replica of the Madonna, one of her most famous sculptures. Its arena is a small town's square, in a space wedged between a public warehouse and a church.
Through its placement the sculpture acts as a juxtaposing monument. Its form illustrates the harsh contradictions between the morals of the church and its color seemingly representing the rebellious actions of state society. Ironically though, through placement, it also serves as a link that binds the two contradicting worlds together.
From Warhol she borrows the principle of repetition.
She often creates a large number of one particular sculpture, all the same in form and size. Through monotonous replication she is able to change the connotation that the object was originally meant to express. Another characteristic fluent in Fritsch's work is her menacing portrayal of animals.
In her famous sculpture, "The Rat King", Katharina sculpted a ring of life-sized rats. Each rat is eight feet tall, and perched on its hind legs. Facing outwards they cautiously raise their tiny front paws in suspicious guard.
Inside their circle is a knotted configuration, made by the intertwining of each rat's tail. Legend has it that during particular seasons, groups of rats would congregate and through the connection of their tails, take on supernatural powers.
Man's caution and fear of these creatures stems from their role as a vehicle in the spread of the bubonic plague, an epidemic which killed thousands of Europeans during the fourteenth century.
The size of Fritsch's sculpture works to her advantage by providing the viewer with an unexpected, abrupt startle, again reinstating the same fear and continued apprehension of these creatures.Pop music is a genre of popular music that originated in its modern form in the United States and United Kingdom during the mids.
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3) The Renaissance scholars who searched the monasteries for old Latin manuscripts that had been unappreciated and largely ignored by medieval. scholars, and translated the works from Greek into Latin, were called?
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