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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Expanded Painting

Today we arrive Tate Modern – Expanded Painting, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

In this gallery, we discover shift in trends in painting after World War II. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Shooting Picture, 1961, by Niki de Saint Phalle
2. industrial Painting, 1958, by Pinot Gallizio
3. Spreadout Ron Kitaj, 1984 – 1986, by Frank Bowling

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • This particular room is curated by Mark Godfrey. It shows different styles in painting that emerged in the post-war era.
  • Painting had been declared dead on several occasions, even leading up to the 60s. However, some artists proved time again that this was not true. They introduced new modes of creation in a medium that was thought have reached its peak.
  • In Italy for example, Pinot Gallizio was presenting the world with his massive ‘Industrial’ paintings. He created these on long unspooled rolls of unframed canvas. Reminiscent of a Chinese scroll – that was stained with Modernist abstract forms. At the same time, not far from him, in France, Niki de Saint Phalla simply stuck paint filled balloons on her canvas. To create her ‘paintings’ she shot these balloons at random. The drips and layers they created across the canvas were her paintings.
  • Even if we glanced over to America during this period, we would see Andy Warhol completely obliterating any traditional notions of what painting should be. He did this through his commercially reproduced squeegee works.

A Final Thought :

In our opinion, painting was never dead. But if you thought it was, consider this its afterlife.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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