DISCUSSION: Lines 27 explains why the author mentioned the collage artist. Gilliam did not much like that type of art. “Though” is a logical word that indicates opinion; it’s important to note any lines that start with though, but, however, etc.
So the collage art was an example of the popular art that Gilliam rejected as overly conventional.
- Gilliam was part of the Washington Color School. The Color School made abstract art. The collage art was representational, not abstract.
- We don’t even know if there was animosity between abstract and representational artists, in general. We only know Gilliam didn’t think much of abstract art.
- This might be true, but it’s not the point. The only reason the author mentions a collage is to give us an idea of what Gilliam objected to. The passage does not focus on the popularity of art, only line 27 mentions it, in passing.
- CORRECT. Lines 27-35 make this clear. Lines 21-27 explain the collage, lines 27-29 explain Gilliam’s reasoning for disliking it, and lines 29-35 show Gilliam’s alternate approach.
There’s nothing particularly special about the collage. The passage mentioned it because it’s always nice to have an example for clarity.
- Gilliam’s art was not concerned primarily with political issues. Gilliam wanted to represent all of human experience. See lines 29-35.
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