I was thinking about the exercises, and what “loosely describe” actually needed. They reminded me of the Maggi Hambling Works on Paper exhibition. Much of her work in charcoal could be “loosely described” and yet manages to get a lot over emotionally and in terms of atmosphere. I went back though the book mentioned in the latest article and started to think how that style might be applied within the current exercises. Continue reading “Maggi Hambling (Revisited)”
I’ve been at the Coursera again. This time “Art & Ideas: Teaching with Themes” (https://www.coursera.org/learn/ideas). The idea is to consider Modern and Contemporary art within the context of its meaning rather than by time and art movement. The themes are: “Places & Spaces”, “Art & Identity”, “Transforming Everyday objects” and “Art & Society”. The main interest lies in their coverage of the context around a number of pieces and the way that they mesh with the theme. Continue reading “Modern Art Themes…”
I was recently visiting Anglesey Abbey, which has a wonderful collection of art. The featured image was nestled among them, and that made me think about the points made in “Ways of Seeing” about nudes in general and nudes in european oil paints in particular. The painting is by William Etty, and there is some additional information about it here. Continue reading “Nude Reflections”
A quick Google Search (https://www.google.co.uk/search?odilon+redon+tonal+drawings) on Odilon and his Noirs (the name he uses for his tonal drawings) quickly brings a wealth of information. This can be further elaborated by wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odilon_Redon Continue reading “Odilon Redon’s tonal drawings”
A little premature perhaps, but I noticed the following in the Part 4 Notes:
“John Berger’s ‘Ways of Seeing’ (a 1970s BBC series available on YouTube) is a good place to start.”
After the Coursera modern art videos I’ve stayed subscribed to the MoMA YouTube channel, and this video on painting like Picasso caught my eye.
One of the areas that I have a growing interest in is the use and application of art as a catalyst for change. There are many artists who have got involved in different ways, see Chumbawumba’s “Sing about love” (http://www.metrolyrics.com/sing-about-love-lyrics-chumbawamba.html) an example. To help in considering this I signed up for the “ART of the MOOC: Activism and Social Movements” (https://www.coursera.org/learn/activism-social-movements/home/welcome) to see what they had to say. Continue reading “Art as an agent for change”