2. Saloua Raouda Choucair: From Beirut to Tate Modern
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair is famous in the Middle East for bringing abstraction to the region. A rare female voice in the Beirut art scene from the 1940s onwards, she has spent her career combining Western abstraction with the traditions of Islamic design. But working through civil war and ongoing unrest in Lebanon, she remains virtually unknown outside her own country. At the age of 97, this pioneer of art was belatedly recognised with her first major museum show. Here we travel to Beirut to meet the artist's daughter at the apartment where Choucair's work started its journey.
3. Ibrahim El-Salahi
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk A major figure in Arab and African modernism, artist Ibrahim El-Salahi discusses his work Reborn Sounds of Childhood Dreams I (1962-3), a large-scale oil painting at Tate. In 2013, Tate Modern presented the UK's first major exhibition of El-Salahi's work, bringing together 100 pieces from across more than five decades of his international career. Take a look at some highlights from one of the most significant figures in African art and learn more about how he belongs to a broader, global art history as well.
6. Gerhard Richter, Betty
Salman Khan and Steven Zucker discuss Gerhard Richter's Betty, 1988, oil on canvas, 102 x 72 cm. (Saint Louis Art Museum)
7. Gerhard Richter, The Cage Paintings (1-6)
Robert Storr talks about Gerhard Richter's Cage paintings.
8. Gerhard Richter, September
Robert Storr talks about Gerhard Richter's painting "September". http://www.gerhard-richter.com/art/search/detail.php?13954 Für deutsche Untertitel bitte cc anklicken.
13. Bacon, Triptych - August 1972
Francis Bacon, Triptych - August 1972, 1972, oil on canvas, 72 x 61 x 22 in. (183 x 155 x 64 cm), (Tate Modern, London) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker For more: http://smarthistory.org/francis-bacon-triptych-august-1972.html
16. Freud, Standing by the Rags
Lucian Freud, Standing by the Rags, 1988-89, oil on canvas, 66.5 x 54.5 in. (168.9 x 138.4 cm), (Tate Britain, London) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker
17. Yayoi Kusama
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk The nine decades of Yayoi Kusama's life have taken her from rural Japan to the New York art scene to contemporary Tokyo, in a career in which she has continuously innovated and re-invented her style. Learn more about how the artist strove to establish herself both in and beyond Japan, and how she harnessed those struggles to forge a remarkable artistic legacy.
19. Fiona Rae on paint and passion
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk YBA (Young British Artist) Fiona Rae’s paintings are clever, lively, and full of restless energy. Her abstract canvases are an exuberant collision of painting styles: encrusted surfaces, brushy swathes and watery pools, along with kitsch cartoon elements, which somehow coalesce despite their differences. Similarly exuberant is Rae’s method of painting, using an eight-foot-long palette, an array of vivid colours, and a cart full of brushes she uses to craft her canvases. Many years into her artistic career, Rae admits she is still amazed by the possibilities of painting, and her passion for paint is evident in the way she speaks about it. Do you think that passion for a particular material can change the way an artist uses it? Read more about Fiona Rae and explore her work in the Tate Collection here.
20. Graciela Iturbide
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Whether capturing images of Frida Kahlo's house, wild dogs in India, or the Seri people in Mexico's Sonoran desert, Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide presents the world in black in white, or as she describes it, as "an abstraction of the mind." Travelling with her camera every day and often living with her subjects for months, Iturbide says that her process is similar to that of a travel photographer, except that she only shoots "what surprises and provokes an emotion that I want to capture."
21. Dia Al-Azzawi
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Having moved to the UK in 1976, artist Dia Al-Azzawi found that by viewing Iraq from afar, he could understand more about Iraqi and Arabic culture than if he had remained there. Al-Azzawi's vast drawing Sabra and Shatila Massacre 1982-3 is an example of work that arose from this process of observation. Here Al-Azzawi explains how working from imagination, he depicted the painting's scenes of chaos in a semi-abstract style to create a work that is not a propaganda piece, but which documents a tragedy.
22. Room: 1970s & 1980s
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Curator Helen Little explores the 1970s & 1980s. Learn more about the art featured in this video: - Tony Cragg, Stack, 1975 - Mark Wallinger, Where There's Muck, 1985
24. Room: 1990s
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Curator Helen Little explores the 1990s. Learn more about the art featured in this video: - Leon Kossoff, Christ Church, Spitalfields, Morning, 1990 - Keith Coventry, East Street Estate, 1994 - Chris Ofili, No Woman, No Cry, 1998
28. Conserving Chris Ofili
This video brought to you by Tate.org.uk Tate’s Conservation Department works hard behind the scenes to ensure that future generations can enjoy the paintings, sculptures, and other works in the collection. But it’s not just the old masters that get their attention–because contemporary artists work in a diverse and sometimes unusual range of materials, the team often undertakes extensive research to help them and see how their works will hold up in the future. Join paintings conservator Natasha Walker as she explains how the team goes about conserving Chris Ofili’s paintings by creating replicas of his works and subjecting them to drops, falls, cracks, and accelerated aging processes. With the help of the artist, his assistants, and even an elephant, the team’s “Chris Ofilis” might not be as good as the real thing, but they will help protect the originals well into the future.
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Robert Storr talks about Gerhard Richter's Cage paintings.
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Salman Khan and Steven Zucker discuss Gerhard Richter's Betty, 1988, oil on canvas, 102 x 72 cm. (Saint Louis Art Museum). Created by Steven Zucker and Sal Khan.