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22 February 2017

Tate Modern Art Trip

King’s College art students recently enjoyed a trip to London’s Tate Modern, exploring the various temporary and main collections.

In The Radical Eye, Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection, photography students were treated to this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography – first-hand viewings of original prints by influential figures of the 1920 – 50s, such as Man Ray, Kertesz and Dorothea Lange.

Students also explored with interest the combination of unconventional media and objects used by American artist Robert Rauschenberg in the collection of the artist’s work that spans six decades. Pop art silkscreen paintings of Kennedy sit alongside 1000 gallons of bentonite mud bubbling to its own rhythm. Rauschenberg even made a drawing which was sent to the moon. From paintings that include flashing lights to a stuffed angora goat, the artist’s appetite for incorporating things he found in the streets of New York knew no limits.

Inspired by the extensive range of processes within his painting and sculptures, the students will now consider the relevance of Rauschenberg’s work in context of the present time.

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