Postmodern Photography

Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington has lots of works which feature artists creative styles of artwork using themes of challenge, humor and irony to portray their ideas regarding postmodernism.

As you enter the photography room, artist, David Hockey displays: Photography is Dead. Long Live Painting 1995 (See Below).

Photo by Niya Sinckler.

Then walking along there are other intriguing artists. One which stood out was Anne Hardy Untitled IV (Balloons) 2005. (See below). My favorite!

Photo from Anne Hardy Site.

Then the most magical photograph was by Sarah Charlesworth called Gardens of Delight, 1988. There this keyhole where you can look into a new dimensional world (See Below).

Photo from Sarah Charlesworth Studio Site.

This exhibition is on from 11 August to 27 November 2011 in Gallery 38A. The admission is free to these profound pieces of exploration which show photographs which reference themselves, media and texts.

The exhibit demonstrates the way postmodernist can approach photography over the years. There are interesting ways of how the artists show their work and viewers are able to interpret the messages presented as well as read the placards posted on the walls. With the traditional three paces, the photography room is exquisite. There are influential artists  including David Hockey, Cindy Sherman, Richard Prince, Anne Hardy, David Shrigley, Clare Strand and others.

The exhibition conveys art, photography and architecture from the 1970s and 1980s where there were many controversial and ambiguous designs. These images were very prominent to influence various areas of pop culture including music, fashion, film and theatre. Through the 1980s, the effects of consumerism and excess were seen. The exhibition illustrates radical and challenging ideas of modernism to alter purity, simplicity, basic colors, surfaces, textures and quotes to create a new symbol of freedom through art. The next postmodernism exhibition is running from 24 September 2011 to 15 January 2012.

To get to the V&A Museum, you can take the Piccadilly Line, get off the train at South Kensington. It will be worth the adventure!

2 thoughts on “Postmodern Photography

  1. Wow, this exhibition looks fantastic. Great reporting, Niya, and many thanks for bringing this wondrous (and free??!) exhibition to my attention. Fab article, and lovely as always to see your original photography. Keep it up!

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