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Have you considered Barbara Kruger as an artist to start with? I am
thinking of a particular piece...but I will need to get back to you on
Monday on specifics. But... many of Kruger's artwork can be used for
classroom discussion. If you consider her approach which is collage along
with the fact that her history is in advertising and graphics and design,
you can make clear connections between the power of art and advertising.
Consider too, that her topics include an attack on the American system from
a multitude of angles. So you can get into American politics and culture
easliy. You'll evoke some great discussion with some good questions. You
may want to trace her influences, like Hannah Hoch, for example to show how
she follows a legacy of collage art. Start with this as a possible idea
and get back to me for more, anytime. I can discuss more specifics if you
would like and give you a few more people to discuss this topic with.
Ruth C. Slotnick (graduate student in art education at Penn State University)