Towards the end of term, a group of A level Art students visited the Tate Modern in London. Here, Lizzy gives her impressions on the work they took in:
“Though 7 hours may sound like a long time , it really isn’t enough to take in the intricate works of Dorathia Tanning , the abstract and unusual sculptures and videos by Franz West and the beautifully coloured paintings of Bonnard .
(above: The Second Museum of Our Wishes: Dorothea Tanning)
“Tanning presented a wide range of works from her gothically inspired paintings to her abstract works further on in the show. Many found that the exhibition was so vast; as we walked into one room to another we were hit by another extreme of intriguing works. It took much time to take in and absorb the gothically inspired painting at the beginning which consisted of dark images of cherubs and staircases and throughout her work curtain tassels kept reoccurring. There was so much to engross from those paintings . Tanning is also well known for the intricacy of her sewing skills which was obvious from the variety of shapes displayed from distorted sculptures made out of fabric . There was less to take in from her more abstract works which consisted of sketch-like pieces on a white backgrounds . They looked like clouds that came from a world where nothing looks finished.
“Next was Franz West whose work can be argued to be for an acquired taste. There were 4 white sculptures, light enough to pick up, and as part of the exhibition you could take them into a space which was separated by curtains from other people’s view and move them around your body. As surreal and wierd as it sounds, for me this part of the exhibition was a shallow attempt at trying to give someone a physically phantasmagoric experience through art. Franz West is a fan of colour which was strongly conveyed throughout the exhibition with huge metal shapes covered entirely with mint green or baby pink. My favourite part of the exhibition was the video collection that looked as though they had been made with an old handycam from the purple filters and grainy images of the photos. You were able to view the images whilst sat on a sofa entirely covered in tapestry.
“This exhibition maybe didn’t prepare us for the bright and sunny works of Bonnard. For me, as well as some other students on the art trip, the work shown was homogeneous in the sense that Bonnard has captured mostly landscapes or bowls of fruit and had used very similar tones of colour and brush strokes throughout. Bonnard is a very respectable artist however this exhibition was not enough to entertain d’Overbroeck’s art students for more that half an hour. So after we had zoomed around Bonnard’s show we looped our way around the free exhibitions at Tate Modern to see if there was anything that would inspire us for the projects that we are currently doing. There were many perplexing sculptures in the media section and significant and defiant photography in the society section. The art trip came to an end with many fatigued artists on the coach, exhausted from taking in such interesting works of art all day. Though the journey back may have been long , it was definitely worth such a fulfilling and entrancing day.”