AS to A2 Transition:
Personal Study
This resource is designed to support different elements of the transition
project and ...
Theme 1:
Narrative & Documentary
Autobiographical
Biographical
Text based work
Memory
In Cell Choisy, the guillotine and the marble house – a replica
of the family house – are in a stand-off. The guillotine i...
Tracey Emin
Annette Messager: Autobiographical / Surreal
Paula Rego: Narrative
Tom Philips: Narrative
Grayson Perry
Narrative
Unhappy expressions on the
little girls’ faces in ‘Golden
Ghosts’ contrast sharply with
the idylli...
Edward Hopper: Narrative
Stanley Spencer
Narrative &
Documentary
Caravaggio: Narrative
David Hockney:
Narrative & Documentary
Sophie Calle
Documentary
Rebecca Horn: Personal Narrative
Past themes and areas of study:
Narrative:
An examination of the similarities and differences between, Annette
Messager, L...
Theme 2:
Portrait and the Figure
Realism
Hyper-realism
Abstract
Body
George Segal
Sculptural Figures
Michelangelo
Ron Mueck
Wax figurative sculptures that
play with scale
Duane Hansen: Life sized wax sculptures
Henry Moore
Abstract figures
Mark Quinn
Anthony Gormley
Leonardo Da Vinci
Jenny Saville
Portraiture & Figure
Hans Bellmer
Lucien Freud
Portraiture & Figure
Julian Opie
David Hockney: Portraiture & Figure
Chuck Close: Realism / Portraiture
Denis Peterson
Realism / Hyperrealism
Robert Bechtle
Realism/ Hyperrealism
Jake & Dinos Chapman
Francis Bacon: Figure & Portraiture
Yves Klein
Past themes and areas of study:
Portraiture and the Figure:
The Female Figure in Western Art: How has the female figure be...
Past themes and areas of study:
Portraiture and the Figure:
How have sculptors been inspired to represent the figure? Comp...
Theme 3:
Still Life and Object
Recycling
Found objects
Collections
Kinetic
Natural
Decorative
Marcel Duchamp
Jean Tinguely
Kinetic Sculpture/ found
objects
Willie Bester
Joseph Cornell
Collections of objects
Mark Dion
Lisa Milroy: Collections of objects
Caesar Jedediah
Casting found objects in resin.
Arman
Deconstructing and assemblage
Tony Cragg
Recycled & Found objects
Tony Cragg
Recycled & Found objects
Sarah Lucas
Ernst Haeckel
Collections of species
Peter Randall- Page
Sculptures inspired by nature
Barbara Hepworth
Natural Forms
Paul Cezanne: Still life Matisse: Still Life
Past themes and areas of study:
Still Life and Object
Look at the work of Tinguely, Mark Dion, Willie Bester, Tony Cragg, ...
Theme 4:
Landscape and Environment
Urban
Rural
Land Art
Cityscape
Abstract
Richard Long: Natural Environment
Wolfgang Laib
Natural Materials
Bees wax and Pollen
Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Environment
Wilting Flowers
Anya Galacio
Nature
James Turrell
Inspired by the Natural Environment
Yves Klein
Inspired by Nature & The Void
Michael Raedecker
Landscape
Turner
Landscapes: Mood and atmosphere
John Virtue
Cityscape
John Piper
David Thorpe: Paper cut landscapes
David Hepher
Lowry: Industrial Landscapes
Past themes and areas of study:
Landscape and Environment:
Since the Renaissance period, Western Art has focused predomina...
Theme 5:
Culture and Society
History
Memory
Social Constructs
Controversy / Shock
Morality
Fashion
Gender Roles and Sexual...
Grayson Perry
Culture & Society
People say, ‘why do you need
to put sex, violence or politics
or some kind of social
comme...
Christian Boltanski
Historical
Kara Walker:
Historical
Lisa Kokin
My work is about memory and history, both personal and collective, and the area in which the two
intersect. I a...
Marcus Harvey
Shock Value
Damien Hirst:
Controversy / Death
Sally Mann:
Controversy / Death
Chapman Brothers
Controversial Subject Matter
Maurizio Cattelan
Controversy / Religion
Andreas Serrano:
Controversy / Religion
Sonia Boyce: Issues of Race Ingrid Pollard: Issues of Race
Chris Ofili
Controversial subject matter and materials
Past themes and areas of study:
Culture and Society
Sarah Lucas, Andreas Serrano and Marcus Harvey have explored topics th...
Past themes and areas of study:
Culture and Society
Compare how female and male artists have represented women. Are the
di...
Past themes and areas of study:
Culture and Society
Fashion designers and fine artists have defined Modernity through the ...
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  1. 1. AS to A2 Transition: Personal Study This resource is designed to support different elements of the transition project and the A2 course: •The breadth of artists arranged in five themes could help you choose artists for your presentation and / or add breadth to your chosen area of study. •Issues and questions posed could become a starting point for your Curatorship Task. •Issues and artists could inspire practical developments in your own work.
  2. 2. Theme 1: Narrative & Documentary Autobiographical Biographical Text based work Memory
  3. 3. In Cell Choisy, the guillotine and the marble house – a replica of the family house – are in a stand-off. The guillotine is about to come down over the whole house, but is never actually released Louise Bourgeoise: Autobiographical
  4. 4. Tracey Emin
  5. 5. Annette Messager: Autobiographical / Surreal
  6. 6. Paula Rego: Narrative
  7. 7. Tom Philips: Narrative
  8. 8. Grayson Perry Narrative Unhappy expressions on the little girls’ faces in ‘Golden Ghosts’ contrast sharply with the idyllic country cottages stencilled in the background.  Perry often uses found images to create a mood or a tension – the exceptionally sad image of the seated girl is that of a child affected by the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station disaster
  9. 9. Edward Hopper: Narrative
  10. 10. Stanley Spencer Narrative & Documentary
  11. 11. Caravaggio: Narrative
  12. 12. David Hockney: Narrative & Documentary
  13. 13. Sophie Calle Documentary
  14. 14. Rebecca Horn: Personal Narrative
  15. 15. Past themes and areas of study: Narrative: An examination of the similarities and differences between, Annette Messager, Louise Bourgeois, Paula Rego and Tracey Emin, in their approach to exploring personal narratives? A discussion of the significance of language and the use of text within modern art - To what effect have artists such as Tracey Emin, Barbra Kruger, Annette Messager incorporated text within their work? Is reusing text, imagery and artwork a relevant approach to creating work or is it just plagiarism? (David Carson, Neville Brody, Kurt Schwitters, Barbara Krugar, Vincent Burgin...) What processes and approaches do artists use to convey an Emotional Reality in their work? (Dan Witz. George Bellows, David Benjamin Sherry)
  16. 16. Theme 2: Portrait and the Figure Realism Hyper-realism Abstract Body
  17. 17. George Segal Sculptural Figures Michelangelo
  18. 18. Ron Mueck Wax figurative sculptures that play with scale
  19. 19. Duane Hansen: Life sized wax sculptures
  20. 20. Henry Moore Abstract figures
  21. 21. Mark Quinn
  22. 22. Anthony Gormley
  23. 23. Leonardo Da Vinci
  24. 24. Jenny Saville Portraiture & Figure
  25. 25. Hans Bellmer
  26. 26. Lucien Freud Portraiture & Figure
  27. 27. Julian Opie
  28. 28. David Hockney: Portraiture & Figure
  29. 29. Chuck Close: Realism / Portraiture
  30. 30. Denis Peterson Realism / Hyperrealism
  31. 31. Robert Bechtle Realism/ Hyperrealism
  32. 32. Jake & Dinos Chapman
  33. 33. Francis Bacon: Figure & Portraiture
  34. 34. Yves Klein
  35. 35. Past themes and areas of study: Portraiture and the Figure: The Female Figure in Western Art: How has the female figure been depicted in art from the renaissance to the present day? Have social, cultural or political influences influenced the representation of women? Portraiture: Realism & Hyper realism v Expressionism. What is a true portrait? (Visit National portrait gallery, look at ‘I am a camera’ exhibition, Saatchi gallery, research Denis Peterson) How does the use of colour and mark making in portrait painting give an insight into a subject's character? (Ian Cumberland, Jo Fraser, Paul Cezanne, Lucian Freud, Frank Auerbach...) How much of an insight into an artist's character does a viewer get from a self portrait? (Use of colour, media, mark making, composition, location, pose, technique etc.) Chuck Close, Francis Bacon, Egon Schiele, Jeff Koons, Rembrandt, Frida Khalo, Jenny Saville.
  36. 36. Past themes and areas of study: Portraiture and the Figure: How have sculptors been inspired to represent the figure? Compare representational and non representational depictions of the body. (Henry Moore, Anthony Gormley, Marc Quinn...) Is it possible to paint like a camera? Why would you want to paint like a camera?Is it 'cheating' to work from photographs, especially photographs that haven't been taken by the artist? (Warhol, Richter, Pistoletto, Malcolm Morley, Hamilton, Hockney, Robert Bechtle, Franz Gertsch, Kippenberger, Luc Tuymans, Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, Elizabeth Peyton, Liu Xiaodong,Richard Artschwager, Vija Celmins, Judith Eisler, Wilhelm Sasnal, Eberhard Havekost and Johannes Kahrs) http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/find/hayward-gallery-and-visual-arts/hayward-gallery-exhibitions/past/the-painting-of-modern-life Every Portrait Tells a Lie: Discuss the extent to which a portrait conveys a subject's character or identity. How are we manipulated as viewers through subtle alterations the artist makes to the representation and/or physical proportions of the sitter?
  37. 37. Theme 3: Still Life and Object Recycling Found objects Collections Kinetic Natural Decorative
  38. 38. Marcel Duchamp
  39. 39. Jean Tinguely Kinetic Sculpture/ found objects
  40. 40. Willie Bester
  41. 41. Joseph Cornell Collections of objects
  42. 42. Mark Dion
  43. 43. Lisa Milroy: Collections of objects
  44. 44. Caesar Jedediah Casting found objects in resin. Arman Deconstructing and assemblage
  45. 45. Tony Cragg Recycled & Found objects
  46. 46. Tony Cragg Recycled & Found objects
  47. 47. Sarah Lucas
  48. 48. Ernst Haeckel Collections of species
  49. 49. Peter Randall- Page Sculptures inspired by nature
  50. 50. Barbara Hepworth Natural Forms
  51. 51. Paul Cezanne: Still life Matisse: Still Life
  52. 52. Past themes and areas of study: Still Life and Object Look at the work of Tinguely, Mark Dion, Willie Bester, Tony Cragg, Marcel Duchamp and Robert Rauschenberg. How and why have these artists used recycled and found objects in their work? Explore the similarities and differences between the work of Richard Long, Woolfgang Liab, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth and Peter Randall – Page. How and why has the natural environment influenced them? Can a common placed object that exists out of its customary setting be considered as ‘real art’? – Explore the work of Marcel Duchamp, Michael Craig-Martin (An Oak Tree), Joseph Beuys, Joseph Kosuth, Martin Creed and Tracy Emin’s un-made bed. ( Turner prize – Shock of the new’ and ‘Sensation’ books are good reference material) How did Dada and Surrealist artists alter our response to everyday objects by presenting them in a way that we are unaccustomed to? Has this influenced contemporary art? (Duchamp, Picabia, De Chirico, Dali, Man Ray...)
  53. 53. Theme 4: Landscape and Environment Urban Rural Land Art Cityscape Abstract
  54. 54. Richard Long: Natural Environment
  55. 55. Wolfgang Laib Natural Materials Bees wax and Pollen
  56. 56. Andy Goldsworthy: Natural Environment
  57. 57. Wilting Flowers Anya Galacio Nature
  58. 58. James Turrell Inspired by the Natural Environment
  59. 59. Yves Klein Inspired by Nature & The Void
  60. 60. Michael Raedecker Landscape
  61. 61. Turner Landscapes: Mood and atmosphere John Virtue Cityscape
  62. 62. John Piper
  63. 63. David Thorpe: Paper cut landscapes
  64. 64. David Hepher
  65. 65. Lowry: Industrial Landscapes
  66. 66. Past themes and areas of study: Landscape and Environment: Since the Renaissance period, Western Art has focused predominately on depicting realistic representations of the environment, placing emphasis on the understanding of perspective and realism within the scene. Towards the end of the 19th Century, artists started to play with these key elements and portray a different reality, often distorted and abstracted. There was a large shift in the way that artists chose to represent the environment. Compare representational and non-representational depictions of the landscape. Is landscape an out dated / old fashioned genre that has little relevance to the viewer in the 21st century? Look at these contemporary interpretations of the theme: Gareth Cadwallader, Ged Quinn, Tom Ellis, Peter Doig, Dan Hays, George Shaw, Michael Raedecker and Sigrid Holmwood. How does contemporary art address the idea of place? How do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about land, home, and national identity? (Laurie Anderson, Richard Serra, Sally Mann, Barry McGee, Margaret Kilgallen, and Pepón Osorio.)
  67. 67. Theme 5: Culture and Society History Memory Social Constructs Controversy / Shock Morality Fashion Gender Roles and Sexuality
  68. 68. Grayson Perry Culture & Society People say, ‘why do you need to put sex, violence or politics or some kind of social commentary into my work?’ Without it, it would be pottery. I think that crude melding of those two parts is what makes my work.”
  69. 69. Christian Boltanski Historical
  70. 70. Kara Walker: Historical
  71. 71. Lisa Kokin My work is about memory and history, both personal and collective, and the area in which the two intersect. I am interested in representing the human condition by using the objects we leave behind.
  72. 72. Marcus Harvey Shock Value
  73. 73. Damien Hirst: Controversy / Death Sally Mann: Controversy / Death
  74. 74. Chapman Brothers Controversial Subject Matter
  75. 75. Maurizio Cattelan Controversy / Religion Andreas Serrano: Controversy / Religion
  76. 76. Sonia Boyce: Issues of Race Ingrid Pollard: Issues of Race
  77. 77. Chris Ofili Controversial subject matter and materials
  78. 78. Past themes and areas of study: Culture and Society Sarah Lucas, Andreas Serrano and Marcus Harvey have explored topics that have shocked society. Write an extended essay that discusses one or more of the following themes: sex/sexuality, religion, death, violence, deformity and disability in art. Why is society sensitive about art work that is created in response to these areas? Do artists intentionally aim to shock us with their interpretations of these themes or are they merely presenting their personal opinion? (Joel Peter Witkin, Hans Bellmer, Marc Quinn, Ron Mueck, Kiki Smith...) Pop Art was a 20th century art movement that utilised the imagery and techniques of consumerism and popular culture as well as mass media and advertising, often in an ironic way. Observers and critics today are now left questioning just whether or not the quality of art decreased at that time. They are also concerned that Pop Art had a negative impact on the art that is created today. Do you agree? Should art be based on the everyday banalities of our lives or should it represent an ideal which is more unobtainable? (Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig- Martin, Michael Landy)
  79. 79. Past themes and areas of study: Culture and Society Compare how female and male artists have represented women. Are the different representations influenced by society, culture or politics at that time? You may wish to look at one particular period of art, (the late 1950s-1970s would be a fascinating period particularly with the rise of feminism and the representation of women within Pop Art) or compare two different artists (one male and one female). (Hans Bellmer, Roy Lichtenstein, Jenny Saville, Kiki Smith, Lucien Freud, Louise Bourgeios, ) How does contemporary art address the idea of spirituality? How do artists working today reveal and question commonly held assumptions about faith, belief, meditation, and religious symbols? (Beryl Korot, Ann Hamilton, John Feodorov, Shahzia Sikander, and James Turrell.) How does contemporary art address the idea of consumption? How do artists question commonly held assumptions about commerce, mass media, and consumer society? (Barbara Kruger, Michael Ray Charles, Matthew Barney, Andrea Zittel, and Mel Chin.)
  80. 80. Past themes and areas of study: Culture and Society Fashion designers and fine artists have defined Modernity through the medium and dialogue of fashion. Surrealists frequently adapted clothing to present their intentions (Dali: Aphrodisiac Dinner Jacket, Meret Oppenheim Project for Parkett No. 4, André Masson Surrealist mannequin 'Head in a Cage' ) Other artists and designers have also used fashion and clothing as a means to present wider artistic motivations. (Pierre Cardin: Men's shoe with toes, Mimi Smith: Recycle Coat, Mona Hatoum: Hair Necklace, Stephen Willats: Multiple Clothing, Marie-Ange Guilleminot: Dress on Wheels, Helen Storey: Primitive Streak) Consider the stories of art and fashion during the twentieth century, highlighting the moments when they have converged Issues based sculpture: How are serious issues and complex opinions presented within sculpture? Is 3D more effective in imparting a message than 2D? Look online at 'The Shape of Things to Come’ exhibition that was held at the Saatchi Gallery. http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/artists/sculpture/ Also consider the work of Hew Locke, Yinka Shonibare, Tony Cragg, Thomas Schutte, Jane Alexander, Willie Bester, Kader Attia, Goncalo Mabunda and Joseph Beuys.

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