Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Workbook Suggestions


Artistic reference to stage, performance and theatre in a number of cultures. How does the social and cultural context of the performance influence its visual representation in another art form? Degas, Lautrec, Schiele, Hogarth, Japanese artists such as Hiroshige, Hokusai and Kunisada, Traditional African /art itself interwoven with the performance). Japan


How has the image of women (as a subject) in painting changed through the 20th century? Liberation? Emancipation? Political change including the vast increase in the number of women artists. Feminism. Look at Picasso, Klimt, Modigliani, Giacometti, Warhol, Gwen John, Frida Khalo, Dali, Freud, Jenny Saville, Paula Modersohn-Becker (amongst others!) Read Germaine Greer on the subject for a feminist perspective "The Obstacle Race: The fortunes of women painters and their work", (book in the library)


The changing roles of the human figure in Art in the 19th & 20th centuries – from portraiture to symbolic presence. Cezanne (figure as motif rather than specific portrait) through Expressionism/Cubism’s distortions and simplifications, then body art and performance of 60s & 70s. Move on into the recent work of artists like Gormley in which the body is represented as a volume in space, a symbol or a vessel.


The changing impact of Art when removed from its intended location. Comparing the potentially diminished impact of religious art when transplanted from church/temple to gallery/museum and graffiti when taken from walls, trains, subways to the ‘safe’ middleclass gallery environment. Giotto, Michelangelo, Haring, Basquiat, Kenny Scharf etc.


The influence of Fine Art on Fashion in the 20th Century and vice versa. Rely in part on your research for your Extended Essay. Modernist abstraction in fabric prints. Pop Art and space age art in the 60’s. Psychedelic art and its influence on ‘Hippy couture’. Destruction and despair in 70s underground and conceptual Art influencing Punk clothing aesthetics. Pop Art Fashion


The continuing presence of the painted portrait in the age of photography. What can painted portraiture offer to the artist/viewer that photography can not? How has photography freed the painter from the need to reproduce only the ‘straight forward’ likeness of the sitter? How has photography fed the painters’ imaginations and furthered the development of painting? Bacon, Nash, Hockney, Degas, Sickert, Jenny Saville, Richard Billingham etc. Read some Susan Sontag on this subject Review of her book ‘On Photography’ with a few quotes: or this Sontag


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