Unit 1: Part C – Arts review


1. Kyriakos Rokas

 

Kyriakos Rokas Exhibition

Where it was? Palace of St Michael and St George, Corfu town.

When did I attend? 16th July 2019

What was involved? The exhibition showed several works of the acclaimed artist Kyriakos Rokos, an award-winning Greek artist who works mainly in bronze, marble and wood as well as drawing in ink and pencil.

What art form was it? Sculpture in bronze and marble was the main form, although there were also drawings too.

Have I seen something like it before? This was something new for me. The artworks were all very abstract, but this made the exhibition more interesting and some of the artworks needed to be looked at carefully in order to understand what is going on in them.

What was good and why? All of the artworks were very good and the artist produced works in lots of different styles. You can also see that the artist has been inspired by other art which can be seen in his version of Vermeer’s girl with a pearl earring.

What was not so good and why? There wasn’t really anything to criticize about the exhibition and I really enjoyed going to see it.

Would I recommend it and why?I would definitely recommend going to this exhibition as it is in such a nice location and has been curated very well.

What did I learn from it:This exhibition has inspired me to create some of my own abstract artworks in a similar way to Rokos.

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Kyriakos Rokas Exhibition

 

 

 

 

My Anna Boghiguian inspired art

 

 

 

 

2. Van Gogh and Britain

 

Van Gogh and Britain

Where it was? Tate Britain

When did I attend? 03/08/19

What was involved?  Some of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings, some information about his life and other artists works that he influenced/was influenced by.

What art form  was it? A whole variety of different art forms including oils and prints.

Have I seen something like it before? I have been to a lot of art exhibitions before and this one is probably my favorite. I have seen a number of Van Gogh’s artworks before, but the ones in this exhibition were probably some of his best. I also got to see a collection that includes work from his stay in England in the 1870s, when he was quite young.

What was good and why? The exhibition was curated very well and had a large number of varied artworks by lots of different artists, but mostly Van Gogh. It was good how they had some information about his life too.

What was not so good and why? There were so many artworks that it was difficult to take it all in. Also, I went there on a Saturday Morning and it was very busy. IT might have been better with fewer of the other artists works, and more of Van Gogh’s.

Would I  recommend it and why? I would definitely recommend visiting the exhibition, especially if you like Van Gogh and impressionism, or post-impressionism.  There was a big collection of his work including sketches and other drawings, with completed oils of the same subject.

What did I learn from it? I learnt that Van Gogh was influenced by many famous English artists. I also learnt about why he decided to do some of his paintings and what inspired him.

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Van Gogh Exhibition at Tate Britain

 

 

 

3. Porthmeor Young Artists Exhibition

 

Porthmeor Young Artists Exhibition and Competition

Where was it?  Penwith Gallery, St Ives

When did I attend: 05/04/19

What was involved? Artworks that people had submitted to the competition that had been shortlisted.

What art form was it? A whole variety of different art forms.

Have I  have seen something like it before? I have entered several competitions before and my artworks have been shortlisted, so I have seen something similar to this before.

What was good and why? I found that the exhibition had been curated very well and the pictures that were submitted but weren’t shortlisted were put on a slideshow. I also won the prize for ‘Best in Show’ in the age category 13-15 years.

What was not so good and why? I really enjoyed the Prize Giving evening and I don’t think that there was anything bad about it.

Would I recommend it and why? I would recommend entering the competition because it was nice to have my artwork up in a gallery for everyone to see, and it was a nice experience because I got to see lots of other artworks by other young people that were very good.

What did I learn from it? Again, I adopted a similar approach to the previous work I submitted to Young Art Cornwall, where I spent a long time working on my drawing so that I could perfect it. I also learnt that there is a lot of competition out there, and the artworks were of a very high standard. For my next competition, I need to try something that will stand out, so that is why I am going to start focusing on producing larger oil paintings.

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Porthmeor Young Artists Competition

 

 

 

4. Huguette Caland

 

Huguette Caland Exhibition

Where was it? Tate, St Ives

When did I attend? 26/05/19

What was involved? Artworks by Huguette Caland.

What art form was it? Lots of different art forms including oils and ink.

Have I seen something like it before? I have been to lots of art exhibitions before and I have seen similar artworks to Caland’s before.

What was good and why? The exhibition was in a large area, so there was a lot to look out and the art could be spread out. I also thought that it was good how some information about Huguette Caland’s life was put around the exhibition, and this helped me to understand a bit more about her art too.

What was not so good and why? I don’t think that there was anything bad about the exhibition.

Would I recommend it and why? I would definitely recommend the exhibition because Huguette Caland is not someone that I have ever heard of before, and going to an exhibition like this was good because I could find out about her and her art.

What did I learn from it? That the human form can be used in art, in ways that I hadn’t imagined.

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Huguette Caland Exhibition