Category Archives: Critical Review

Here a theme that has informed my journey throughout the course should be explored. Evidence of academic as well as creative development must be given

Critical Review: How does William Kentridge deal with Postmodernism and Modernism?

1     INTRODUCTION Kentridge’s work covers many formats, from charcoal drawings, and film animations to complex video installations and multimedia performances, in which he explores painful histories, humanism and science. Here, I will examine his work in the light of its … Continue reading

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Outline of Critical Review : Postmodernism

Throughout this course, I have been aware of my interest in beauty of truth in art, but I am also aware of Postmodernism’s suspicion of  meta-narratives, of grand theories and systems and its rejection of claims to absolute value or truth, authority … Continue reading

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Agnes Martin (layers and subtlety)

Biography – Agnes Martin (1912 – 2004) was a Canadian-American abstract painter. She had a major influence on Minimalist painters, but she saw her own work, more closely related to Abstract Expressionism, her paintings being ‘meditations on innocence, beauty, happiness and love.’ Her signature style … Continue reading

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Callum Innes

Callum Innes was born in Edinburgh in 1962. He studied drawing and painting at Gray’s School of Art from 1980 to 1984 and then completed a post-graduate degree at Edinburgh College of Art, in 1985. He began exhibiting in the … Continue reading

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Contemplating the future of landscape painting

Bruce Backhouse’s current exhibition at Everard Read is titled “Karoo Preserved.” He writes that the SA landscape has been over exploited to a point where it is no longer visually challenging to either post modern artist or – viewer. In trying … Continue reading

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Bruce Naumans

Bruce Nauman’s artist statement; My work is a record of my thoughts, interests, reflections and concerns. Nothing more profound. My process is not linear but the result of a disjointed exploration into memory, critical theory, history, and popular culture. Consistency … Continue reading

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Olivia Plender

Olivia Plender’s The Masterpiece series, 2002 onwards,  is a critique of originality in the format of the comic book as an alternative mode of distribution for art. The title is from Emile Zola’s novel about Cezanne. The drawings are conceived as … Continue reading

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