Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Tate modern. The collection.

I didn't really mind that i couldn't afford the Miro exhibition on the top floor as there was an absolutely huge public exhibition! It took us 2 hours to look around the Collection, which was listed as follows:

Level 3: Chromatic Structures
These three rooms bring together artists from the early and mid-twentieth century who explored the use of colour and geometric structures to create abstract art.

Level 3: Material Gestures

painting and sculpture from the 1940s and 1950s, showing how new forms of abstraction and expressive figuration emerged in post-war Europe and America.

Level 3: Poetry and Dream

These displays also show how characteristically Surrealist techniques such as free association, the use of chance, biomorphic form and bizarre symbolism have been reinvigorated in new contexts

Level 5: Energy and Process

The displays in Energy and Process look at artists' interest in transformation and natural forces. A central room focuses on sculpture of the late 1960s

Level 5: New Documentary Forms

This five-room display explores the ways in which five contemporary artists have used the camera to explore, extend and question the power of photography as a documentary medium.

Level 5: States of Flux

The central space of this wing is devoted to the early twentieth-century movements Cubism, Futurism and Vorticism.

The collection split different artists into these categories, for example surrealism into Poetry and dream , also including a a secton on dark humour, which included dark but humorous illustration by David Shrigley and Marcel Dzama.I also particularly enjoyed the 'realisms' section on Level 3, which explained how the realism became popular because it was easily recognisable for the audience and contained impressive sculpture but i was a little disheartened that there was no Ron Mueck! The collection included quite a few large sculpture and installation pieces, For example a 'cot' made out of uninviting metal and sharp, thin wire for the base, i didn't have chance to note down the work but i am still going to try and hunt down the artist, as the work was really atmospheric and clear in its cold maternal message. The other sections contained artists such as Gerhard Richter, Monet, Salvidor Dali, CY Twombly,Anish Kapoor, Andy Warhol, Mark Rothko's dark red paintings, Kwie kulik, Picasso and Francis Bacon!

The work varied in size and scale so much that it really kept it interesting, the large abstract paintings made me consider maybe working with my love of layering and going back to painting over summer, as the Rothko's dark red canvases in the dark room proved that the canvas can be quite a vocal medium. I was extremely inspired by the 'dark humour section' in poetry and dream, as my own illustrations are largely dark humour and odd juxtapositions.

Inspiring and rejuvenating is how i would describe my experience!

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