Despite the continuing presence of representational painting, Modern Art is alive and well in the 21st century. This five-day course will trace the legacy of early pioneers through the work of living artists whose practice builds on foundational questions around the self, the role of art and the artist, the personal versus the social and the relationship between art and commerce.
We will see how:
Bridget Riley has remained a pioneering British abstract artist for six decades, using kinetic patterning to connect visual perception with emotional response.
Gerhard Richter’s work covers an extraordinary range, from photorealism to abstraction, whilst confronting challenging social, historical and ethical subjects.
Chinese artist Ai Wei Wei now exiled in the West, uses art to engage us with pressing global issues like migration through beautiful, thought-provoking artworks.
Jeff Koons continues where Warhol left off, producing artworks as shiny consumer objects for the super-rich in his own studio-as-factory.
Tracey Emin has exposed her intimate life to the public, in pieces that act as a kind of contemporary confessional.