Survey of Arts Management

Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014

A Penetrating Artist Painting the Deepest and Darkest London

The Georgian and Victorian era in England history are mixtures of both elegance and darkness and the two diametrically opposed streams led to a boom of fantastic arts. I love this period of history and the amazing arts. However sometimes I ignore some penetrating artist just as mentioned in this article: “To be blunt, all too many paintings by the best British artists hang outside London where they don’t get the publicity they deserve. “ Frank Auerbach’s paintings dig deep into the pain of postwar London and the exaggerated visual effect indicates that Auerbach seems to be an unnoticed talent of the Expressionism. In my perspective, artists rooted in the history are more acceptable to the mass than those who concentrate on self meditation simply because stories in the past are exposed to the whole world via electronic media, the Internet and general education. Therefore when people step into a museum or a gallery, they are more likely to experience the similar emotion as conveyed by artists.

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One comment on “A Penetrating Artist Painting the Deepest and Darkest London

  1. Jenni
    August 27, 2014

    “London is truly a very different kind of art city from Paris or New York. It is – in paintings – tougher and darker.” This is such an interesting assertion. I know I personally don’t often think of London as an artistic hub, at least not like Paris. But it is even more interesting to think of the period in time that his paintings depict and the style of his work. It is less about the image and more about the raw emotion it elicits. Historically this was a really hard time for the British. The London Blitz left many parts of the city in ruins, and I can’t say I’ve seen many works that represent that time of sadness and fragility so openly.

    This whole article really made me think of these images of St. Paul’s Cathedral through the Blitz and of the devastation left behind once the dust settled: https://www.msu.edu/~charnle2/WWII2010/stpaulsw.jpg & http://news.bbcimg.co.uk/media/images/50495000/jpg/_50495476_aftermath_getty.jpg

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