Symbolism in Art

Symbolism in Art: Tracey Emin’s Beds
Article date: Saturday, May 5, 2018

Symbolism in Art: Tracey Emin’s Beds

Contemporary English artist Tracey Emin (born 1963) is known for producing work that includes raw autobiography and elements of confession art. She uses a combination of found items, photography, film, sculpture and painting.

Anselm Kiefer: Symbolism of the Forest
Article date: Thursday, April 5, 2018

Anselm Kiefer: Symbolism of the Forest

“Germans want to forget [the past] and start a new thing all the time, but only by going into the past can you go into the future.” Anselm Kiefer.

Symbolism in Art: Malevich’s Black Cross
Article date: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Symbolism in Art: Malevich’s Black Cross

A Russian painter and Philosopher, Malevich is credited as the founder of the Suprematist movement, an avant-garde movement that has had a significant and lasting impact on modern art.

Symbolism in Art: Anish Kapoor – Mirrors
Article date: Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Symbolism in Art: Anish Kapoor – Mirrors

Mirrors have always taken a prominent and symbolic role in myth and fairytale. Narcissus fell in love with his own reflection in the mirror of a still lake, whilst the wicked stepmother would ask her mirror to flatter her with her famous line ‘mirror, mirror on the wall…”

Symbolism in Art: The Cow
Article date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Symbolism in Art: The Cow

Damien Hirst is a central figure in contemporary art. One of the wealthiest living artists, his work divides opinions and he has become synonymous with shock value an displays of dead or decaying animal corpses.

Symbolism in Art: The Pumpkin
Article date: Friday, January 5, 2018

Symbolism in Art: The Pumpkin

“I would confront the spirit of the pumpkin, forgetting everything else and concentrating my mind entirely on the form before me…I spent as much as a month facing a single pumpkin.” Yayoi Kusama.

Symbolism: The Colour Green
Article date: Friday, December 22, 2017

Symbolism: The Colour Green

English orientalist painter John Frederick Lewis (1805-1876) developed a fascination with the Near East and took pains to represent the sights and the people he encountered in the region in an honest and positive light.

Symbolism in Art: Water
Article date: Sunday, November 26, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Water

English artist David Hockney is known as an important contributor to the pop art movement and is perhaps best recognised for his striking representation of Californian life and architecture in the 1960s.

Symbolism in Art: Yves Klein’s Blue
Article date: Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Symbolism in Art: Yves Klein’s Blue

In 1947 Klein and two of his friends decided to play a game in which they divided up the world between them. One young man decided to take the animal kingdom, and one the province of the plants. Klein opted for the mineral realm, gazing up to the sky and proclaiming, “the blue sky is my first artwork”.

Symbolism in Art: The Blue Willow
Article date: Friday, September 22, 2017

Symbolism in Art: The Blue Willow

The Blue Willow (or The Willow Pattern) represents a Chinese garden with a large pavilion and a bridge on which three figures are seen. In the upper left corner two flying birds and a distant island with trees and pavilions are depicted. The legend associated with it goes as follows. A rich and powerful mandarin lived in a big house and worked as a customs officer for the Emperor.

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Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

Museo Jumex (a private art collection based in Mexico City, Mexico) / David Chipperfield. Image © Simon Menges

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