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You Phoebe defend "Tate Britain"with Hockney's and Ben Nicholson's connection with Picasso. Why has the Tate dragged all Brits in to their equation? Why was it not a Piccaso and Hockney show? (The H y p e r b o l e Collection) TATE BRITAIN PRESS RELEASE:This year Tate Britain stages the first exhibition to explore Pablo Picasso’s lifelong connections with Britain:While many British artists have responded to Picasso’s influence, those represented in this exhibition have been selected to illustrate both the variety and vitality of these responses over a period of more than seventy years. This is a rare opportunity to see such work alongside those works by Picasso that, in many cases, are documented as having made a particular impact on the artist concerned; in other cases, they have been chosen as excellent examples of a stylistic affinity between Picasso and the relevant British artist...... Review: Picasso & Modern British Art - Tate Britain By Philippa Warr, Feb 17, 2012 He was also familiar with a great number of British artists through reproductions - you can see echoes of pre-Raphaelite Edward Burne Jones in Picasso's Blue period paintings, for example. But while Picasso would not have left England without having at least looked around him, his single summer in this country was a mere drop in the ocean of external influences on his work, dwarfed by his time spent in France and his strong ties to his homeland of Spain... This lack of a particular connection with Britain from Picasso's end is evident... Ultimately (and despite the hugely enjoyable presence of the sixty or so Picassos), if good artists borrow and great artists steal, this show involves a disappointing level of borrowing and not enough stealing. Picasso & Modern British Art is suffused with the feeling that we as a nation have a massive cultural teenage crush on Picasso and he was simply not that bothered.
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From ‘THE UPCOMING' Picasso & Modern British Art: Warning! This is not a retrospective. Picasso’s. The Three Dancers finishes the exhibition. In a room of its own, with upraised arms, virulent and grotesque, this masterpiece celebrates everything this show has been about: the performance, the decorative, the merging of multiple techniques and the new language found in the breaking of reality and tradition. It’s all here, in one work, by one artist. This is the Tate Britain saying thank you to the man who inspired a century of British artists. http://www.theupcoming.co.uk/2012/02/14/picasso-modern-british-art-warning-this-is-not-a-retrospective/ The way I see it Phoebe is: The big shrinking picture is Picasso as the main big international artist and the British’s artists are smaller regional reflections of him. Sorry to say Tate Britain is belittling the Brits and ‘Yes’ shrinking them all in one (show) go.
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I agree with what you say to an extent-Picasso-ish art doesn't automatically make it art inspired by Picasso and maybe this does not need to be made so obvious. But when artists are directly referencing Picasso within their work, such as Hockney with his photo montages or Ben Nicholson who depicted stringed instruments much like Picasso then surely this is a direct influence? For me the connections such as this within the exhibition made it work. Others not so much.
Placeholder70x70-2 One artist’s insight is worth a thousand art critic nightmares.
Real artists are inspired to make art from their soul. Did these British artists (in question) ever mention, imply or ever say they were inspired by Picasso ? Great for them if they say that they were inspired by Picasso does it not? Has it bettered their careers to say they did ? Yes it has! Picasso-ish art doesn’t automatically make it art inspired by Picasso. The source of the inspiration could be similar. If I am wrong then all African artists have been inspired by Picasso’s art because it is Picasso-ish! Who is to say that two artists cannot be inspired by the same thing. How many different artists have been inspired by the same muse such as Marilyn Monroe. To find something I agree on Phoebe is still work in progress ...
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Yes i agree Picasso was influenced by African art but he also greatly influenced British art. The Tate celebrating this with this exhibition is surely a good thing and i would not say they are acting like "vultures" by doing so. "Goes without saying" is an idiomatic phrase not a literal one and i stand by my use of this. I agree with Cummings' article, in particular reference to Bacon, but i think the referencing of Picasso's work within the work of artist's such as Moore and (in particular) Hockney are (as i mentioned) key to understanding the works, and this is where Picasso's influence can obviously be viewed and where the Tate has succeeded with their brief. Perhaps these works are where the exhibition should have been left rather than delving into others less obvious. I would like to know what you agree with as opposed to what you disagree with....
Placeholder70x70-2 Picasso and Modern British Art – review Tate Britain, London
Laura Cumming The Observer, Sunday 19 February 2012 Article nicknamed the Spaniard "Piccy" and "Picz". Henry Moore shrewdly avoided all mention of his artistic forebear. To appreciate the necessity of this tactic you need only compare Picasso's The Source with Moore's Reclining Figure, two monumental figures placed conveniently adjacent at Tate Britain, and ask yourself whether the latter is likely to have come into being without the former. It is one of a dozen instances in this show of something pretty near to plagiarism. Each artist has a different Picasso: cubist for Grant and Nicholson, neoclassicist for Moore, surrealist for Francis Bacon. The Bacon room is the least impressive because it insists upon the similarities between the open-mouthed figures in Picasso's Dinard period and those in Bacon's Crucifixion paintings as if they had a shared idiom, meaning or impact... ...How Picasso finally arrived in Britain, how his communism affected Anglo-Saxon attitudes, who saw his work when and how they responded: Picasso and Modern British Art is tremendously enlightening – as a catalogue. The show is another matter. It needs to fit the pictures to the text and ends up shrinking the art. http://www.guardian.co.uk/artanddesign/2012/feb/19/picasso-modern-british-art-review
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