Tatlin, Corner Relief, 1915

Not as functional as his monument, but when the constructivists create art objects, they still use the materials and visual vocabulary of construction. They don’t want to use the word ‘artist’; they call themselves constructors because ‘artist’ is perceived as an elite title. They want to create something that can be enjoyed by everyone, not just the upper class. They don’t make art, they build things. 
Abstract sculpture created by modern building materials 
Traditionally, sculpture wasn’t hung on a wall; it was seen in the round on pedestals. Even two dimensional work was hung at eye level. This is hung from above, which activates the space in a new and different way.

Tatlin, Corner Relief, 1915

  • Not as functional as his monument, but when the constructivists create art objects, they still use the materials and visual vocabulary of construction. They don’t want to use the word ‘artist’; they call themselves constructors because ‘artist’ is perceived as an elite title. They want to create something that can be enjoyed by everyone, not just the upper class. They don’t make art, they build things. 
  • Abstract sculpture created by modern building materials 
  • Traditionally, sculpture wasn’t hung on a wall; it was seen in the round on pedestals. Even two dimensional work was hung at eye level. This is hung from above, which activates the space in a new and different way.
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during my first ever survey of western art class, my professor explained the difference between historians and art historians. historians, she said, were interested in old things. art historians, on the other hand, were interested in old things of quality. you don't hang garbage up on the walls of a museum; it has to be substantial and it has to mean something. so here you go; old things, made mostly by dudes long dead, of debatable degrees of quality but always with a constant level of importance. think of this as a deck of flash cards... sans the whole cards part.