Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

982

Date

2013

Date of Award

11-27-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Art History

Committee Chair

Bill McKeown

Committee Member

Richardson Todd

Committee Member

Fred Albertson

Abstract

This thesis focuses on the influence of the writings of Jean-Paul Sartre on the American artist Red Grooms. An analysis of Grooms's "sculpto-pictorama" Ruckus Manhattan as an installation demonstrates the influences of Sartrian existential concepts and acts as an arena in which viewers can discover these existential ethos in a culturally specific setting. Red Grooms's background as an American artist working in New York in the mid-twentieth centuryand his interest in French art and philosophy document further the influence of existentialism on Grooms. A thorough discussion of tableaux from Ruckus Manhattan, which visually represent Sartiran existential concepts, reveals Grooms to be an artist who is much more sophisticated than the comic artist described in the current scholarship.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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