Bob Coe

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Project 11: Study Report on your own specialism

Image by carulmare [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons   I have now submitted my Critical Review “Was Edward Burne-Jones a Great Religious Painter” to my tutor. Following feedback on a very early draft I have changed the focus of the essay. I looked at quite a few contemporary writings about the Pre-Raphaelites and …

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When Do Ethnographic Objects Become Art?

When researching reviews of the Fiji exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre, I came across an article in Apollo Magazine, (which included a preview of the Fiji exhibition), entitled “When Do Ethnographic Objects Become Art?” By Nicholas Thomas. He describes how in the 1960s and 70s, anthropologists “well aware of the stimulus provided by African, Oceanic …

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Feminist Avant Garde

I managed to visit this exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery shortly before it finished. I found it really interesting to see how photography was being used to make political points.   What was of particular interest to me was to see how some works of art had been appropriated to make political points. A great …

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The Radical Eye exhibition at Tate Modern

I visited I visited The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection exhibition at Tate Modern. It was fascinating to see, not just the photographs, but to consider how they were put together as a collection. In an interesting film, Elton John discussed the motivation behind his collecting and some of the …

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The Turner Prize 2016 (Part 2).

The winner of the Turner prize has just been announced, and it certainly wasn’t my favourite of the four artists. As mentioned in a previous post, the work that I appreciated the most was by Michael Dean. His work said more to me, with a political message, than any of the other exhibitors. However the …

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Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern

Whilst I was aware of Rauschenberg and his work before I visited this exhibition I knew very little about him and his influence on other artists. I had seen his work in a previous exhibition at the Barbican when some pieces were included in a show which was concerned with the the work and influence …

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Fiji exhibition – what is art (continued)

Just when I thought that I had resolved the issue of “what is art” the Sainsbury Centre challenges me again. I visited the Fiji exhibition and some of the pieces made me think again “is this art?”, Why is it displayed in a visual art gallery rather than in an ethnographic museum. When entering the …

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What is a painting?

Having struggled with the definition of art, I found myself fundamentally questioning what is a painting? The stimulus for this was reading about Gerhard Richter’s Strip Paintings one of which I had seen at Tate Modern. The Tate website says that although Richter refers to the Strip works as paintings “despite their name they have no actual …

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Touch – works on paper by Maggie Hambling at the British Museum

I was familiar with Maggie Hambling’s paintings of the sea and on a recent visit to Aldeburgh I had been to see her sculpture on the seashore. This exhibition was something of a revelation. It showed Hambling’s skill with charcoal, ink and monotype. But most interestingly it gave an insight into her thoughts and methods. …

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The Turner Prize 2016, shortlist exhibition at Tate Britain

On the way to London to see this exhibition I read an article in the Tate magazine about Arte Util – art as tools. It referred, in part, to last year’s Turner prize winner, Assemble, which produced functional objects as art – or put art at the centre of producing functional objects.   There is …

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