16/11/13 Exhibition Review “Art Under Attack”

I went to the “Art Under Attack” exhibition at the Tate Britain for my essay. I was quite interested in it because it was an exhibition that focused on destruction and attacks on art and the reasoning behind them, rather than just looking at the beauty and perfection. 

From what I gather it was based heavily on religion and politics, and a rather small section on aesthetics. The pieces were nicely spaced out, but that made it seem as though there wasn’t much to look at. Photographs and sketching were not allowed. I was mostly looking forward to the suffragettes room/pieces as it related to past lectures, however it all looked the same – this woman named x, publicly defaced a painting because it was sexist or the person in the painting was sexist – which was slightly disappointing. The aesthetics room was rather small too, the erotic chair that was mentioned in the lectures was there (of the woman, in bondage, bent into shape) but even then, there was only a short paragraph about paint stripper being thrown over the face, and then it had been recovered.

Overall, I think it was an interesting exhibition, however it isn’t something I believe I could write a 3,000 word essay on with enough confidence.

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