An Analysis of Sam Durant’s Porcelain Chairs There are many conflicting ideas in the post-modern world that houses contemporary art. From Duchamp to Warhol to Beuys to Cage, so many artists are challenging the idea of what art is and how the seer responds to it. Sam Durant is another example of an artist who challenges popular perceptions of what art is and can be, by marrying (or at least creating a dialogue) the ideas of modernism, post-modernism, kitsch and popular culture. Like many artists of today, the sculpture installation Porcelain Chairs, comments on the controversial nature of kitsch and the upswing of usage of mass consumptive culture. Porcelain Chairs is a work of just that: chairs cast in porcelain based on plastic lawn...The end:
.....ers mass culture and a shared cultural experience. Through this attraction and handling of mass manufactured objects one can see the rise and evolution of kitsch. Artists struggle with how to deal with kitsch, and many art figureheads like Greenberg and Warhol have wide and differing opinions on if the rise of mass culture and the attention to mass culture is a good or bad thing. Porcelain Chairs is a comment on the delicacy of the line between good and bad in this respect, and speaks to America’s shared history. Works Cited Debord, Guy. “Writings from the Situationist International” The Moment of Modernism. Greenberg, Clement. “Avant Garde and Kitsch” Modernism as Critique. “Andy Warhol Interview with Gene Swenson” The Moment of Modernism.