Is it a Plane? Is it a Bird? No! It’s a CLICHÉ (Part 2)

Hi Greg, I agree – there is usually nothing intrinsically or necessarily wrong with a clichéd image. When first seen it was (obviously) not the overfamiliar thing is has since become. A good example of “it ain't what you do it's the way that you do it!” is Yue Minjun’s reworking of various western cliché images – for example the well-known pose (cliché) of Marilyn Monroe in the Seven Year Itch, in which Yue Minjun uses a version of his own face and ...

Surrealism Today?

Ultimate Dog Tease  nGeKSiCQkPw Surrealism is alive and well and quite a lot of it appears on YouTube (e.g. gorillas who play drums, dogs that talk, cats who think aloud and swear quite a lot). In the investigation component we ask students to analyse and compare art from different cultures and times, and consider it for its function and significance, and in studio we ask for the production of artworks that explore ideas reflecting cultural and historical awareness and artistic qualities. I'm not sure if any ...

THE VENICE BIENNALE

Venice Biennale http://www.labiennale.org/en/Home.html The Venice Biennale opened on June 1st, with many pieces and ideas reflecting the more political stance of many contemporary artists. I know a number of (mainly UK and European) schools that organize school trips so that their IBDP visual arts students can see the artworks presented first hand, but whether you can get there or not the Biennale is a great opportunity for our students to engage with current artistic thinking and to reflect on the various directions contemporary ...