Saturday, January 28, 2017

Baltimore Museum of Art

Though the Baltimore Museum of Art displayed many thought-evoking works of art, my favorite was  "Physiological Diagram", a synthetic polymer paint by Andy Warhol. This was my favorite art piece due to the history behind it. Warhol produced this piece in the 1980's, a time where the public had a growing fear of HIV/AIDS, and a time during his aging. In the 1960's Warhol suffered gunshot wounds from the attempt to take his life, and was left with scars on his stomach for the rest of his life. In the 80's, he became interested in new age medicine. As one can see, the painting focuses on the abdominal area where Warhol suffered wounds for the rest of his life. This was my favorite work of art that I saw because it allows the viewer to step into the artist, Andy Warhol's thought process. The viewer is allowed to see what he was thinking of throughout that era.

I also find the colors to be interesting. He paints the body a shocking red color, such as the color of blood. I believe he could have done this to grab the viewers attention, but also to relate it to HIV/AIDS, which can be transmitted through blood. This makes the painting much more universal because it shows that everyone has blood, and is at risk for HIV/AIDS.

I believe "Physiological Diagram" resembles what art truly does, which is unify and relate.

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