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# An American museum of East Asian art reviewed its acquisitions strateg

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Re: An American museum of East Asian art reviewed its acquisitions strateg [#permalink]

"Painting of girl's face" satisfies the marketing executive's recommendation of more "paintings of people" and satisfies the curator's recommendation of more "twenty-first-century paintings".

"painting of fish" satisfies the curator's recommendation of more "twenty-first-century century paintings".

"fish-shaped vase" satisfies the marketing executive's recommendation of more "jades".

"Abstract sequence" satisfies the marketing executive's recommendation of more "ceramics" and satisfies the curator's recommendation of more "abstract sculptures" and of more "twenty-first-century paintings".

"jagged sculpture" satisfies the curator's recommendation of more "abstract sculptures" and of more "twenty-first-century paintings".

Thus, we are must choose "Painting of girl's face" and "Abstract sequence".
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Painting A - since it is satisfying the marketing executive's criteria that the painting should be of some person and it is also satisfying the curator as the painting is from 21st century
Sculpture D - since it includes ceramic (required by the executive) and it is abstract and made in 21st century

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Agree with TheRoadTo750, I was unable to answer this correctly because I too understood that the criteria indicated we were looking for art that was East Asian in origin AND of the 21st Century. How are other commenters reaching the conclusion that it is an either/or scenario?
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Re: An American museum of East Asian art reviewed its acquisitions strateg [#permalink]
I selected A for painting and C (fish-shaped vase with dragon head) for sculpture
No contention with A as the correct answer... but the OA for sculpture is supposedly D (abstract ceramic)

C: Jade (satisfies exec) + East Asian (satisfies curator)
D: Ceramic (satisfies exec) + abstract (satisfies curator) but not

Lining up both options as above seems to imply there were 2 potential answers for "Sculpture"?
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Hi native speakers, is a ceramic considered a sculpture?
I don't think it's possible for everyone to agree that they are the same thing, after doing a search on google.
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Hi native speakers, is a ceramic considered a sculpture?
I don't think it's possible for everyone to agree that they are the same thing, after doing a search on google.

Hi, we may not require to know this.
We can infer from the initial statement that the options are either paintings or sculptors. Ceramic would surely fit in sculptor than in paintings.

Among the East Asian works of art described below, select a painting and a sculpture, each of which satisfies at least one of the recommendations made by the marketing executive and at least one of the recommendations made by the curator. Make only two selections, one in each column.

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"The museum’s curator recommended purchasing more twenty-first-century East Asian art—particularly abstract (nonrepresentational) paintings and sculptures—because the museum’s collection is weakest in that area."

Is "Particularly abstract paintings & sculptures" part of his 1st recommendation (21st cent. EA art) or is it a 2nd SEPARATE recommendation.

If it is part of the same recommendation, then option-A: "Painting of girl’s face, in shades of blue and red, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2006", doesn't comply with his recommendation as the painting is not abstract.

If it is a different recommendation, then option-C "Fish-shaped vase with dragon head, jade, 1849" , could also be the answer for sculpture, considering it satisfies the jade recommendation of the marketing executive and the (separate) sculpture recommendation of the curator.

*Also, when we say "Abstract paintings and sculptures" in the context of the passage, I presume that abstract refers to only paintings and not paintings & sculptures both?

Would really appreciate your help! MartyMurray , avigutman , AnishPassi , GMATNinja , ChiranjeevSingh­
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PReciSioN wrote:
"The museum’s curator recommended purchasing more twenty-first-century East Asian art—particularly abstract (nonrepresentational) paintings and sculptures—because the museum’s collection is weakest in that area."

Is "Particularly abstract paintings & sculptures" part of his 1st recommendation (21st cent. EA art) or is it a 2nd SEPARATE recommendation.

If it is part of the same recommendation, then option-A: "Painting of girl’s face, in shades of blue and red, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2006", doesn't comply with his recommendation as the painting is not abstract.

If it is a different recommendation, then option-C "Fish-shaped vase with dragon head, jade, 1849" , could also be the answer for sculpture, considering it satisfies the jade recommendation of the marketing executive and the (separate) sculpture recommendation of the curator.

*Also, when we say "Abstract paintings and sculptures" in the context of the passage, I presume that abstract refers to only paintings and not paintings & sculptures both?

The part set off by dashes ("particularly...") is a subset of twenty-first-century East Asian art.

• A work of art MUST be twenty-first-century East Asian art in order to satisfy the curator's recommendation.
• If that piece of twenty-first-century East Asian art is ALSO an abstract (nonrepresentational) painting or sculpture, that would make the curator extra happy (since he/she would like to see more of those in particular).
• But as long as it's twenty-first-century East Asian art, that satisfies the curator's basic requirement.

This is similar to saying, "I want to eat a lot of fruit -- particularly citrus fruit." Perhaps MOST of the fruit you eat will be citrus, since that's the type of fruit you want the most. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll ONLY eat citrus fruit.

Also, if the part in dashes were required, NONE of the answer choices in the first column would work, so that interpretation cannot be correct. Similarly, if we treat the part in dashes as a separate and unrelated requirement, then we'd have multiple possible answers for the second column -- that can't be the case either, so the interpretation above must be correct (and makes your question about "abstract" irrelevant).

I hope that helps!­
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Re: An American museum of East Asian art reviewed its acquisitions strateg [#permalink]
GMATNinja wrote:
PReciSioN wrote:
"The museum’s curator recommended purchasing more twenty-first-century East Asian art—particularly abstract (nonrepresentational) paintings and sculptures—because the museum’s collection is weakest in that area."

Is "Particularly abstract paintings & sculptures" part of his 1st recommendation (21st cent. EA art) or is it a 2nd SEPARATE recommendation.

If it is part of the same recommendation, then option-A: "Painting of girl’s face, in shades of blue and red, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2006", doesn't comply with his recommendation as the painting is not abstract.

If it is a different recommendation, then option-C "Fish-shaped vase with dragon head, jade, 1849" , could also be the answer for sculpture, considering it satisfies the jade recommendation of the marketing executive and the (separate) sculpture recommendation of the curator.

*Also, when we say "Abstract paintings and sculptures" in the context of the passage, I presume that abstract refers to only paintings and not paintings & sculptures both?

The part set off by dashes ("particularly...") is a subset of twenty-first-century East Asian art.

• A work of art MUST be twenty-first-century East Asian art in order to satisfy the curator's recommendation.
• If that piece of twenty-first-century East Asian art is ALSO an abstract (nonrepresentational) painting or sculpture, that would make the curator extra happy (since he/she would like to see more of those in particular).
• But as long as it's twenty-first-century East Asian art, that satisfies the curator's basic requirement.

This is similar to saying, "I want to eat a lot of fruit -- particularly citrus fruit." Perhaps MOST of the fruit you eat will be citrus, since that's the type of fruit you want the most. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll ONLY eat citrus fruit.

Also, if the part in dashes were required, NONE of the answer choices in the first column would work, so that interpretation cannot be correct. Similarly, if we treat the part in dashes as a separate and unrelated requirement, then we'd have multiple possible answers for the second column -- that can't be the case either, so the interpretation above must be correct (and makes your question about "abstract" irrelevant).

I hope that helps!­

­Thank you so much GMATNinja !! Your explanation makes a lot of sense!

I have one follow-up question. If the Museum's Curator makes only 1 required recommendation, then why does the question stem mention "satisfies at least one of the recommendations made by the marketing executive and at least one of the recommendations (Plural) made by the curator"
Does this not imply that the curator has made multiple recommendations and we can choose an option which satisfies atleast one (any recommendation)?

Thanks a ton!
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PReciSioN wrote:
GMATNinja wrote:
PReciSioN wrote:
"The museum’s curator recommended purchasing more twenty-first-century East Asian art—particularly abstract (nonrepresentational) paintings and sculptures—because the museum’s collection is weakest in that area."

Is "Particularly abstract paintings & sculptures" part of his 1st recommendation (21st cent. EA art) or is it a 2nd SEPARATE recommendation.

If it is part of the same recommendation, then option-A: "Painting of girl’s face, in shades of blue and red, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2006", doesn't comply with his recommendation as the painting is not abstract.

If it is a different recommendation, then option-C "Fish-shaped vase with dragon head, jade, 1849" , could also be the answer for sculpture, considering it satisfies the jade recommendation of the marketing executive and the (separate) sculpture recommendation of the curator.

*Also, when we say "Abstract paintings and sculptures" in the context of the passage, I presume that abstract refers to only paintings and not paintings & sculptures both?

The part set off by dashes ("particularly...") is a subset of twenty-first-century East Asian art.

• A work of art MUST be twenty-first-century East Asian art in order to satisfy the curator's recommendation.
• If that piece of twenty-first-century East Asian art is ALSO an abstract (nonrepresentational) painting or sculpture, that would make the curator extra happy (since he/she would like to see more of those in particular).
• But as long as it's twenty-first-century East Asian art, that satisfies the curator's basic requirement.

This is similar to saying, "I want to eat a lot of fruit -- particularly citrus fruit." Perhaps MOST of the fruit you eat will be citrus, since that's the type of fruit you want the most. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll ONLY eat citrus fruit.

Also, if the part in dashes were required, NONE of the answer choices in the first column would work, so that interpretation cannot be correct. Similarly, if we treat the part in dashes as a separate and unrelated requirement, then we'd have multiple possible answers for the second column -- that can't be the case either, so the interpretation above must be correct (and makes your question about "abstract" irrelevant).

I hope that helps!­

­Thank you so much [url=https://gmatclub.com:443/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&un=GMATNinja%5D%5Bb%5DGMATNinja%5B/b%5D%5B/url%5D !! Your explanation makes a lot of sense!

I have one follow-up question. If the Museum's Curator makes only 1 required recommendation, then why does the question stem mention "satisfies at least one of the recommendations made by the marketing executive and at least one of the recommendations (Plural) made by the curator"
Does this not imply that the curator has made multiple recommendations and we can choose an option which satisfies atleast one (any recommendation)?

Thanks a ton!

­Exactly. The marketing executive makes four recommendations: 1) ceramics, 2) jades, 3) paintings of people, 4) paintings of landscapes.

The museum's curator seems to recommend two things:  1) abstract paintings and 2) abstract sculptures, while suggesting it would be great if these abstract paintings and sculptures were 21st-century East Asian works.

All we have to do is hit a minimum of one recommendation from each.

I hope that helps!
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GMATNinja wrote:
PReciSioN wrote:
GMATNinja wrote:
The part set off by dashes ("particularly...") is a subset of twenty-first-century East Asian art.

• A work of art MUST be twenty-first-century East Asian art in order to satisfy the curator's recommendation.
• If that piece of twenty-first-century East Asian art is ALSO an abstract (nonrepresentational) painting or sculpture, that would make the curator extra happy (since he/she would like to see more of those in particular).
• But as long as it's twenty-first-century East Asian art, that satisfies the curator's basic requirement.

This is similar to saying, "I want to eat a lot of fruit -- particularly citrus fruit." Perhaps MOST of the fruit you eat will be citrus, since that's the type of fruit you want the most. But that doesn't necessarily mean that you'll ONLY eat citrus fruit.

Also, if the part in dashes were required, NONE of the answer choices in the first column would work, so that interpretation cannot be correct. Similarly, if we treat the part in dashes as a separate and unrelated requirement, then we'd have multiple possible answers for the second column -- that can't be the case either, so the interpretation above must be correct (and makes your question about "abstract" irrelevant).

I hope that helps!­

­Thank you so much [url=https://gmatclub.com:443/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&un=GMATNinja%5D%5Bb%5DGMATNinja%5B/b%5D%5B/url%5D !! Your explanation makes a lot of sense!

I have one follow-up question. If the Museum's Curator makes only 1 required recommendation, then why does the question stem mention [i]"satisfies at least one of the recommendations made by the marketing executive and at least one of the recommendations (Plural) made by the curator"
Does this not imply that the curator has made multiple recommendations and we can choose an option which satisfies atleast one (any recommendation)?

Thanks a ton![/url]

[url=https://gmatclub.com:443/forum/memberlist.php?mode=viewprofile&un=GMATNinja%5D%5Bb%5DGMATNinja%5B/b%5D%5B/url%5D !! Your explanation makes a lot of sense!

I have one follow-up question. If the Museum's Curator makes only 1 required recommendation, then why does the question stem mention [i]­Exactly. The marketing executive makes four recommendations: 1) ceramics, 2) jades, 3) paintings of people, 4) paintings of landscapes.

The museum's curator seems to recommend two things:  1) abstract paintings and 2) abstract sculptures, while suggesting it would be great if these abstract paintings and sculptures were 21st-century East Asian works.

All we have to do is hit a minimum of one recommendation from each.

I hope that helps![/url]

­Hi GMATNinja

Isn't the recommendation and preference, the other way around? The recommendation is 21st century EA art while the preference is for Abstract paintings or sculptures.­
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IMO, this is a poorly written question. As it is written, 21st century and East-Asian are inseparable criteria. If a waiter asks what you'd like to drink and you say "a cold soda" and they return with an iced coffee, is that acceptable because one of the words in your request was addressed? The curator does nothing to demonstrate that he would be okay with 21st century art that isn't East-Asian.

­The question starts of by saying "Among the East Asian works of art described below, select a painting and a sculpture......".
So, all the paintings and sculptures are East Asian in the options to begin with. We just need to find one that satisfies the condition of being 21st century
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MKT executive:
- Ceramics
- Painting of people,
- Painting of landscapes

Curator
- 21st century
- East Asian
- Abstract paintings
- Abstrat sculptures

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1. Painting: Painting of girl’s face, in shades of blue and red, acrylic and oil on canvas, 2006.

Satisfies Marketing Executive's Recommendation: It is a painting (fits the category of paintings).

Satisfies Curator's Recommendation: It is from the twenty-first century and is not strictly representational, given it depicts a girl's face in abstract shades of blue and red.

2. Sculpture: Abstract sequence of interconnected curves, ceramic, 2008.

Satisfies Marketing Executive's Recommendation: It is ceramic (fits the category of ceramics).

Satisfies Curator's Recommendation: It is a twenty-first-century artwork and is abstract in nature, consisting of interconnected curves.

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Chinese brush painting of fish in a tank: Doesn't satisfy any of the curator's recommendations

Fish-shaped vase with dragon head: Doesn't satisfy any of the recommendations of both

Fossil-like, jagged sculpture: Doesn't satisfy any of the MKT executive's recommendations­
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