Sequence OR Balance

Respond to ONE of the following discussion prompts:

  1. Look at the series of images of Ai Weiwei in Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1.5.14). Consider the sequence of images in this series. Can the sequence be reordered? If not, why not? What do these images say about the relationship between contemporary Chinese society and ancient Chinese history?
  2. The principles of radial, symmetrical, and asymmetrical balance can be used to communicate different ideas. Find three artworks (other than those illustrated in this chapter), one each for radial, asymmetrical, and symmetrical balance. For each work, discuss why the artist might have chosen that particular type of balance and what ideas it communicates.

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