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Analysis of works in the Tate Modern, London

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Rupert Dannreuther t8modern Introduction London, I thought, was going to be a hive of cultural activity and Art was going to be bursting from the seams. However I was wrong, my favourite galleries were either closed in the adjustment period before a new exhibition or the art flowing from them lacked a certain quality, as with the summer display at the Saatchi Gallery, which definitely disappointed me after having a fondness to the gallery on previous visits. So with London destitute of new expositions which collared creativity, I decided to return home to a firm favourite of London's galleries, the Tate Modern. There are many aspects of the Tate Modern that I believe are very involving and highly interesting. Some of these attributes are listed below: �The architectural feat that the Tate Modern has undergone , to remodel a harsh power station into a public building is incredible. �The main collection of the gallery is a vast smorgasbord of international Art embracing a host of famous artists encompassing great masters such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. �Also the scheme of organising the pieces into themed sectors. The works are organised not in chronological, or similar artist styles but by the content of the pieces (for example History/Memory/Society). This method of administration is revolutionary and represents a new type of twenty-first century gallery. I had now decided upon a gallery to focus on in this study, I had the task of deciding a theme to base this project on. With much deliberation and connotation I came to the conclusion that I should choose a selection of artists displaying their work at the Tate Modern. ...read more.


I find the way he uses light and shade (shadow) and reflection. The simplicity and minimalist nature makes you explore further than just the stark sculptures in front of you. A founder of the Dada movement in Zurich in 1916, Arp used the 'laws of chance' to determine his collages. Friendly with Surrealists and Constructivists, Arp created sculptures that he distinguished from abstraction by terming them 'concrete', being forms in their own right. T8modern Andy Warhol As Marilyn Monroe affronts my face time and time again, I endeavour to investigate a deeper kind of print and sure enough, I didn't have to dig deep. But Andy Warhol probes in depth the other side of American life- 'the counterpoint to everyday frivolity' (Warhol). These are the death-related themes to which Warhol appeared to be strangely but intensely attracted. On the whole, the works document a chronicle of modern catastrophes, whether they be acts of God or feats of human intervention. Examples such as earthquakes, suicides, plane crashes, car accidents, the atomic bomb, and the electric chair. I am particularly interested in this collection of works as it represents the darker side of a very well-known old coin. I also believe strongly that the grainy, newspaper-type print reflects the circumstances which the picture is describing. I am going to discuss a particular art work which falls under the category of 'Reports of Death'; Electric chair. I think the electric chair is excellent subject matter, as an execution device, it is (like much else in Warhol's work) - a typically American artifact. ...read more.


I am fond of the way she makes her works highly subjective and as a show in a theatre, not of a gallery. She makes this leap from art to theatre by using electrical mechanisms to bring to erratic, quirky life a whole host of object from battered suit cases to ostrich feather fans. She has a nostalgic fascination with obsolescence which means that she uses things that are no longer functional and antiquated, for example opera glasses are used in one of her sculptures. T8modern Jenny Holzer Truism was the first of Holzer's public text works. I find it fascinating to use the modern electronics of LED sign writing applied to the power of the written word. Phrases such as 'FREEDOM IS A LUXURY NOT A NECESSITY or 'GIVING FREE REIN TO YOUR EMOTIONS IS AN HONEST WAY TO LIVE' have a neutral tone without any identifying authorial characteristics; it is as if they have always existed. The reason why I appreciate this artist so much for this rather simple shop-front accessory is that I believe sometimes text can speak louder than pictures and these phrases makes this piece a thought provoking and highly diverse one. Conclusion I believe that the Tate Modern is the most interesting gallery in London. I spent many a happy hour sitting reading as I overlooked the Thames from a view-point. I have seen these artists and have found their work very intriguing and enjoyable. I hope to use some of the techniques, styles and methods discussed in my own art work and hope to create some very well-thought-out and interesting work. Rupert Dannreuther ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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