Thursday, 23 February 2012

After the Last Painting...

Robert Rauschenberg was one of the first artists to recognise the possibilities of extending Marcel Duchamp's legacy through painting. This despite Duchamp's insistence that painting was finished following his work "Tu m' " in 1918. Click on Post Title for the historic John Cage lecture given at Los Angeles County Museum in 1965, on Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns and Duchamp.

Duchamp/ Tu m' (detail)/ 1918

Rauschenberg/ Bed/ 1955

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

An Arcades Project?

Click on Post Title for link to interview with Julie Mehretu. There is much in contemporary painting just now referencing architecture, maps and journeys through a collage/ drawing process, and a tendency towards narrative abstraction. Mehretu here talks about what influences her process. As a bit of side reading- and in fact what might be considered a not unconnected (if incidental) link to the title of her work shown below- you can't go wrong with Walter Benjamin's unfinished collection of 'convolutes' known in English as his 'Arcades Project'.

Julie Mehretu/ Arcade/ 2005

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

images and sources

Yesterday's Year 2 studio seminar looked at different terminologies in the relationship between artwork and source material, and the often fine lines  crossed between 'homage', 'referencing', 'appropriation' and the big no-no: plagiarism. The two works above, by Jeff Wall and Manet, featured in the seminar. As a timely coincidence the big kahuna Michael Fried talked recently, at Tate Modern, about his interest in Wall's practice and its relation to painting. Click on Post Title above for link (his observations on Wall come towards the end of the lecture.) Look out for Jean Francois Chevrier too, talking about the notion of 'tableau' in painting, and also key ideas about collage- really worth tuning in to, but you'll need some stamina.

Thursday, 9 February 2012

CASSIE HOWARD: Painting Lecture

London based painter Cassie Howard will be talking about her practice on Friday 17th February, at 10.30am in the Art College. Click on Post Title for link to her work.

swings and roundabouts- waltzer/ 2009

swings and roundabouts- matching shoes/ 2009