Why do artists still make portraits and what do these images tell us about the sitters? The Art Channel investigates in a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
The Art Channel visits an exhibition investigating the ‘Uncanny’ in Art Photography. We look at the sensation of both strangeness and familiarity in an image. Focussing on individual works by Sonja Braas, David Claerbout, Julie Monaco and Joel Sternfeld, the film explores how ‘magical surfaces’ arise from photographs which are animated, invented and staged.
The latest film on The Art Channel is online where we review Andy Warhol from The Hall Collection at The Ashmolean, Oxford University’s museum. To subscribe to The Art Channel, visit www.youtube.com/theartchannel1
My new film for The Art Channel is now online. Grace Adam and I visit the exciting exhibition ‘Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture’ at Tate Modern to learn how he developed the ‘Mobile’ and moving abstract sculpture.
More Sweetly Play The Dance is an eight screen film installation made using performers and drawings that borrows from the Medieval tradition of the Danse Macabre. William Kentridge creates an African funereal procession that celebrates life while warding off death. It echoes the flight of refugees seeking sanctuary today. Elsewhere in the show, Kentridge has made large ink wash paintings that blends together Chinese Marxist propaganda, traditional Chinese art and Manet’s last flower paintings.
At Chatsworth House and Nottingham Contemporary, Pablo Bronstein is exhibiting a series of drawings inspired by Baroque and Palladian design. He is an artist engaged with histories of taste and how it feeds into contemporary life. The project is named ‘The Grand Tour’ borrowing the term used to describe a rite of passage for 18th Century aristocrats sent to Europe to further their education who would in turn bring back artworks to Britain.