Part 5, research point 2, AbEx – the missing women and people of colour

I had just posted my piece on abstract expressionism, noting the missing women, when I found this article on Artsy net. Alongside a very accessible article about what you need to appreciate abstract art – it turns out you need to know something of the context, the historical background, provenance, and the cultural realities artists were working in. Also their significance as innovators – was a short paragraph concerning the missing women. “The truth is I did not set out to do a women’s show; I really set out to see who’d been left out of the canon of Abstract … Continue reading Part 5, research point 2, AbEx – the missing women and people of colour

Part 4, research point 2 – the Golden Mean

From the course notes:  [Essentially] the Golden Mean is a proportion in which a straight line or rectangle is divided into two unequal parts in such a way that the ratio of the smaller to the greater part is the same as the ratio of the greater part to the whole This site (Maths is Fun) describes the Golden Mean and its relationship to Fibonacci numbers thus: … just like we naturally get seven arms when we use 0.142857 (1/7), we tend to get Fibonacci Numbers when we use the Golden Ratio. Maths is Fun https://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/nature-golden-ratio-fibonacci.html#:~:text=Fibonacci%20Numbers,B Sometime last year, watching … Continue reading Part 4, research point 2 – the Golden Mean

Part 3, research point 2 – portraits conveying mood or atmosphere + Fauvism & German Expressionism

This task points up some of the artists who have illustrated mood above likeness. Picasso’s blue paintings for instance; van Gogh’s early paintings of peasants, and the way Rembrandt used tonal contrast in a restricted palette to pull out a person’s mood and personality. After looking at these, the task then asks us to compare them with Fauvist painters and with German Expressionism. This requires some serious internet searching, but the artist who comes immediately to mind is Bisa Butler who, arguably, is as much about mood – in this case pride and the assertion of the right to be … Continue reading Part 3, research point 2 – portraits conveying mood or atmosphere + Fauvism & German Expressionism

Project 2, Still Life. Research point 2, Dutch still life painters.

Research the still life and flower painting of the 17th century Dutch Golden Age. Make notes on particular paintings you admire and find out about techniques. Research at least one with iconographic significance and discuss the meanings ascribed to the objects. Explore still life through the 18th to 20th centuries and discuss how the subject matter was dealt with; in particular the early Cubist approaches of Braque and Picasso. Consider how contemporary artists are interpreting this genre. Specifically, this task refers to 17th century masters from what’s known as the Golden Age. Running an initial search, my first thought was … Continue reading Project 2, Still Life. Research point 2, Dutch still life painters.