The Tate Museum

Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located in London. It is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group (together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives. It is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. It is based in the former Bankside Power Station, in the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southwark. Tate holds the national collection of British art from 1900 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art.

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I started to research into the Tate modern gallery, and look at The collections that consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 until today.

The Tate Modern is an inspiration of mine to be able to place my work in this environment. Ino order to do this i want to research more into the Tate modern and the types of modern art work they display. Doing this gives me ideas and inspiration into design/colours/shapes ect. Looking at my project from various angles not just single images, thinking outside the box. As i want my piece to be original and different with modern twist produced as a makeup, Taking inspiration from various artist will able me to do this.

I looked a various work that inspired me..

‘My greatest artistic emotions were aroused when the sublime beauty of the sculptures created by anonymous artists in Africa was suddenly revealed to me’ Picasso told the poet Apollinaire. This sculpture is of his companion Fernande Olivier. Its flat, planed surface relates the work to his cubist paintings of the same period. Picasso made two plaster casts of the head, from which at least sixteen bronze examples were cast.

One of the worst atrocities of the Spanish Civil War was the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica by the German air force, lending their support to the Nationalist forces of General Franco. Picasso responded to the massacre by painting the vast mural Guernica, and for months afterwards he made subsidiary paintings based on one of the figures in the mural: a weeping woman holding her dead child.Weeping Woman is the last and most elaborate of the series. The woman’s features are based on Picasso’s lover Dora Maar.

The treatment of the human figure in the Cubist paintings of Picasso and Braque is often reminiscent of sculpture. In this work, made in mid-1909, Picasso used planes of warm greys and burnt sienna to establish the bulk of the body. The shifting directions of the brushstrokes indicate the depth of the surfaces and enhance individual features such as the conical socket of the eye. Such techniques were inspired by African sculptures. The poet André Salmon described Picasso’s studio as filled with the ‘strange wooden grimaces… [of] a superb selection of African and Polynesian sculpture’.

Some Roses and Their Phantoms, 1952, represents a domestic world transformed by mysterious eruptions and inhabited by unnamable creatures. The table top setting, with its crisp white tablecloth and marks of ironed folds, suggests a safe world of bourgeois ritual. A recurrent motif, the white table cloth can also be found in other works of the same period, for example, Poached Trout, 1952 (private collection), and Portrait de famille, 1954 (Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris), and later in Notes for an Apocalypse, 1974 (Mimi Johnson, New York). The theme of domesticity is continued in the suggestion in the foreground of a plain white plate, but this appears to lie under, or more strangely to merge into, the exquisitely painted cloth. In The Rose and the Dog, 1952 (collection of the artist), Tanning painted a single oversize rose, its petals transformed into a grey metallic forms. In Some Roses and Their Phantoms, however, the roses and their phantoms have multiplied and become mysterious, animal-like forms. One emerges from the cloth, its petals shaped like a crumpled napkin; others appear to poke through the background wall. Behind the table another rose-form surges up but resembles only a sad, misshapen

In Macaleni iintozomlambo 2010 a tea stain on white watercolour paper forms the basis for the drawing. Meandering tentacles of pale brown are emphasised by intense orange and red stitches and further defined and textured by pale coloured ribbon sutures around the tea stain. The shape resembles an underwater creature, with several of the stitched lines ending abruptly, like stunted limbs. The sexual connotations of the forms, fleshy tones and slippery surfaces found in this work are confirmed by its title. Macaleni iintozomlambo refers to a traditional Xhosa belief whereby boys would throw rocks into the river before diving in naked as a sign of respect towards the river, and in order to acknowledge that they are visitors in a space that is not their own. Hlobo has cut and sewn the paper together with his signature ‘baseball’ stitch, which is not just decorative, but also very strong. The cuts in the paper are sharp and clean, determining where the ribbon sutures will be made and how they will overlap.
Hlobo always titles his works in Xhosa, an Nguni language widely spoken in South Africa. Attracted to the formal qualities of the grammar, the sounds of the words, and the linguistic flexibility of Xhosa, Hlobo’s use of

i found all these images really interesting and really like the shapes/colours/ textures within them. i want to incoperate different patterns and style within my face sculpt, this is going to be a delicate and beautiful piece that incoperates other artists work.

One Artist that really stood out to me was Sir Edwuardo Paolozzi.

Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi  was a Scottish sculptor and artist. Paolozzi was a major figure in the international art sphere, while, working on his own interpretation and vision of the world. He investigated how we can fit into the modern world to resemble our fragmented civilization through imagination and fantasy. By the dramatic juxtaposition of ideas in his work, he lets us see the confusion as well as the inspiration.

Head 1979 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005 Cyclops 1957 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005 Shattered Head 1956 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005 Automobile Head 1954-62 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005Head 1980 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005 Head 1980 by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi 1924-2005

His work is really intriguing, and different, the shapes he use are very similar to those of the face shape, i really like the black and white effect he uses and basic sketches they are really effective. I want my piece to be modern and out there like this, These pieces are very all over the place and don’t really have a theme, i would like to place a theme on mine, maybe a resembles of something..

Referencing -http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

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