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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : Tate Modern : Painting & Mass Media

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

This gallery is another in the series of Media Network exhibits at Tate Modern. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Gaddafi 1, 2011 , by Wilhelm Sasnal
2. Stern, 2004, by Marlene Dumas
3. Ski jacket, 1994, by Peter Doig

Image credit for artworks : Tate Modern

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The works in this gallery highlight how the evolution of mass media impacted painting.
  • Traditional forms of painting have been challenged with the flood of mass imagery brought about by photography, films, the news and now social media.
  • However, instead of completely abandoning the age old medium of painting, artists have adapted to these new trends. The subject matter, process and style of painting saw a great shift at the turn of the century.
  • Since the popularisation of photography, painting had been under threat. The photographic and other digital media allowed for cropping, editing, and zooming etc. Paintings on the other hand were still being made in the same old painstaking process. But over the decades, this gradually changed.
  • Contemporary painters have arguably adapted their style of painting to fit the era of digital art and social media. In a world that consumes content at a faster pace than ever before – maintaining viewer engagement is a challenge. Therefore, painting as a medium has evolved itself. To keep with the needs of the time.

A Final Thought

Painters have evolved their technique, composition and subject matte greatly over time. Think about it – from ancient cave etchings, to the High Renaissance, to painting as we understand it today!

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 also what you should see there. 

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