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Visit to the Tate Modern

This started a productive week and weekend of art visits. I happen to be working very near the Tate Modern at the moment, and so decided to “pop in” over a couple of lunch time sessions. Even in such short sessions I managed to see a lot of new material, and found Galleries I hadn’t been in before. The following image summary gives an idea of the range:

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Royal Academy: Abstract Expressionism

After my previous consideration of Jackson Pollock then a major Abstract Expressionism seemed to be an opportunity that I shouldn’t skip. There is a lot of work here, much of it by Jackson Pollock – including some of his most famous pieces. This was an opportunity to really try to engage with the concepts. Continue reading “Royal Academy: Abstract Expressionism”

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Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

This was being exhibited at a local Gallery, so I decided to go along to have a look. The work has been fairly extensively documented, and so I won’t attempt to describe it in detail here. Suffice it to say that there are 6 tapestries and  wealth of background information to view and consider. Continue reading “Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences”

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Book: High Art as marketing

Carrying on from my consideration of Jackson Pollock and medium use in “Modernism in Dispute” [Wood, 1993]. The “High Art” discussion around p172 is slightly harder to put in context:

…the works of Louise and Noland … look like this because this is how painting must be made to look, c. 1960, if they are to offer the viewer sufficient degree of aesthetic power…”

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Book: Art as a materials study

Carrying on from my consideration of Jackson Pollock and Modern Art in “Modernism in Dispute” [Wood, 1993]. I found the statement, p172, about Saraband (Plate 140) and Bloom (Plate 141) being painted within a year of each other, and one or two years before the first publication of ‘Modernist Painting’:

The two works… are painted in acrylics. Unlike Oils acrylics will retain a high degree of saturation in relatively liquid form … both paintings which exploit the properties of what was at the time a relatively new medium.

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Book: Modernism in Dispute and Jackson Pollock

I bought “Modernism in Dispute” [Wood, 1993], as it is a set book and I’m interested in “What is Modern Art about anyway?” I’ve never exactly had a love affair with modern art. Jackson Pollock (e.g. “War”, Plate 123) is deemed to be a great artist – but I just don’t engage with his work. Continue reading “Book: Modernism in Dispute and Jackson Pollock”

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Book: Research and this course


Reading through Visualising Research [Gray, 2004] and relating it to the course, and art practice in general, I was pondering how they fit together. Grossly simplifying the approach of the book the key steps they are suggesting include:

  1. Decide on a question that needs consideration;
  2. Work out why the answer is important;
  3. Look for information about the subject, and use that to refine the context from (1) and (2);
  4. Work out from this how to approach the question;
  5. Do the work, refining understanding and context as you go;
  6. Reflect of what you’ve achieved and what now.

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