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QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals

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QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 06 May 2016, 01:12
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Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals of March 2, 1964 (to Don Judd), an 8-foot-long diagonal beam of light set at a 45-degree angle, is a colorful sculpture of light that is visually arresting, even from across the room. As one approaches the work, it is difficult not to become almost blinded by the intensity of the light and the vivacity of the colors. Though it may strike one as garish on first glance, a more lengthy perusal reveals a delicate interplay between the red and yellow beams, giving the work a visual richness. Alternate diagonals was made by Flavin in response to one of his own previous works, the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi). His first piece composed solely of light, the diagonal of May 25, 1963 was also an 8-foot-long fluorescent light sculpture (though Flavin never liked to call them sculptures— he referred to them as “situations”) hung at a 45-degree angle, and also included a yellow fluorescent light tube. Alternate diagonals seems almost more of an evolution of the former work than a response to it, but regardless of the exact nature of the intended interplay between the two, it is important to frame alternate diagonals as a companion work. Alternate diagonals known as a ready-made, a work of art composed entirely of objects that anyone could find and put together as the artist has. This is precisely what is so intriguing about the work— it toys with the boundaries of what we can define as a ready-made in contemporary art and, perhaps, within the field of art production itself. It forces a spectrum to be employed instead of a black-and-white categorization of the ready-made— a spectrum stretching between the “pure” ready-made (any work that essentially could be transferred straight from anyone’s garage to a gallery, such as Duchamp’s Bottle Rack), all the way to a contemporary two-dimensional work where the artist’s canvas and paints were purchased from an art supply store in an infinitely more manipulated but still semi-“ ready-made” fashion. Flavin’s piece, it seems, is situated somewhere in the center of such a spectrum, and raises the question of where the “ready” ends and the “made” begins.
The main point of the passage is to

(A) assert the superiority of ready-made art

(B) decry the broadening of the definition of art

(C) discuss a work in context and its effect on the discipline

(D) explain the relationship between two works of art

(E) praise an artist and his creations

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
C


According to the passage, both “diagonal” works could best be described as

(A) using red and yellow light

(B) initially striking the viewer as garish

(C) toying with boundaries of art

(D) running through the plane at a particular slope

(E) identical in concept

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
D


The author’s tone could best be described as

(A) admiring and supportive

(B) enthusiastic and fawning

(C) respectful and distant

(D) obligatory and unenthused

(E) erudite and objective

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
A


The passage implies which of the following?

(A) Conventional two-dimensional work is a thing of the past.

(B) Flavin is one of the most important artists of his time.

(C) Bottle Rack has very little artistic manipulation.

(D) Flavin disliked the word “sculpture” because of the Renaissance

(E) The best art work is in the center of the artistic spectrum of art production.

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C


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Re: QOTD - Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals of [#permalink] New post 12 May 2016, 02:20
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2018, 00:37
how to deal with lenghty passages? i mean its difficult to cover them in such short time..is there any technique to tackle them? please help?
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2018, 00:43
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i got both of these wrong...cant i get explaination for this
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 21 Jan 2018, 12:08
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To improve Rc read here https://gmatclub.com/forum/rc-verbal-qu ... l#p1509481


Which one did you not get ??

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 22 Jan 2018, 16:40
I was confused between C and D. Can anyone please explain?
According to the passage, both “diagonal” works could best be described as

(A) using red and yellow light

(B) initially striking the viewer as garish

(C) toying with boundaries of art

(D) running through the plane at a particular slope

(E) identical in concept

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 23 Jan 2018, 03:28
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Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals of March 2, 1964 (to Don Judd), an 8-foot-long diagonal beam of light set at a 45-degree angle, is a colourful sculpture of light that is visually arresting, even from across the room.


Hope now is clear. Toying is not correct.

it toys with the boundaries of what we can define as a ready-made in contemporary art and, perhaps, within the field of art production itself.

C says that it toys with general art.

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 25 Feb 2018, 18:36
Can i get explanations for passage as well as answers ?
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2018, 12:47
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Which answer did you not get ??

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 06 Apr 2018, 09:21
I did not answer question 1 and 4 correctly.
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 08 Apr 2018, 01:34
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1)

Sometimes the answer is at the beginning, or in the middle or in the end. Yous should read the passage as a whole and grasp what's going on

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Alternate diagonals was made by Flavin in response to one of his own previous works, the diagonal of May 25, 1963 (to Constantin Brancusi)


This is a good occasion to see how the Official Passage must be king in your preparation. Other sources are good and relieble such as this one from MGRE but notice how alternate diagonals was, it have to be were (plural).

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All the answer choices but C are NOT mentioned in the passage.

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Alternate diagonals known as a ready-made, a work of art composed entirely of objects that anyone could find and put together as the artist has.

which means it is less prone to manipulation.

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 26 Jun 2018, 06:59
these my answers: C, D, E,A.
First of all, I struggle with lengthy passages. I noticed that I feel more comfortable with scientific passages. I get lost easily in the art passages. Please I need help on tackling lengthy and art passages .
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 27 Jun 2018, 01:48
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Hi,

there is not a really different in tackling an RC business passage rather than an Art passage.

Actually, it depends on you and your level of standard English. I.E. when you do read, you do not just read facts after facts but you do have a real grasp and an overall picture of the same.

You can train with one million passages and still get them wrong.

The only way to improve your accuracy and speed in the RC zone is to elevate your standard English overall.

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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2018, 02:36
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Which answer did you not get ??

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Can you help me with Q4 please
I got it wrong...
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Re: QOTD #3 Dan Flavin’s alternate diagonals [#permalink] New post 30 Jun 2018, 08:38
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Reading carefully all the answers are not mentioned but C

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a spectrum stretching between the “pure” ready-made (any work that essentially could be transferred straight from anyone’s garage to a gallery, such as Duchamp’s Bottle Rack)


As you can see to being transferred straight the is not manipulated.

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