Edith Tudor-Hart’s Child Staring into Bakery Window, London This was Tudor-Hart’s most popular photograph during the 1930s and was reproduced in a number of propaganda pamphlets. The juxtaposition of the plentitude of the bakery window with the dishevelled and hungry child reinforced the opposition of rich and poor, one of the key political dynamics of the era. Along with the illustrators Pearl Binder and James Fitton, Tudor-Hart planned a book titled ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ which was never published. This photograph might have been the volume’s front cover; its message was quickly grasped and its sentiment was appealing to British audiences.
Sebastião Salgado’s Rwandan Refugees, United Republic of Tanzania (1994) Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. A baby gazes at his mother, sitting amidst thousands of other Rwandan refugees in a giant encampment near the town of Benako in north-eastern Tanzania. Fleeing genocidal killings in their country in April 1994, some 350,000 Rwandans crossed into Tanzania in less than a week. By the end of that year, some 700,000 Rwandans had been killed, 2 million were refugees and an estimated 100,000 children had become separated from their parents. This national trauma in Rwanda will take generations to heal and continues to be affected by conflicts in surrounding countries.
Jerry Cooke’s Life Life is part of The Family of Man exhibition. The exhibition was conceived as a mirror of the universal elements and emotions in the everydayness of life – as a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world. The Family of Man has been created in a passionate spirit of devoted love and faith in man.
Jack Vettriano’s The Singing Butler The Singing Butler is an oil-on-canvas painting made by Scottish artist Jack Vettriano in 1992. It sold at auction in 2004 for £744,800, which was the record at the time for any Scottish painting, and for any painting ever sold in Scotland. Vettriano has described the painting as an "uplifting fantasy" and chose the subject after being complimented on his paintings of beaches. He added the servants to balance the composition. His work has been widely criticised by art critics, but is popular with the public. The Singing Butler has been criticised for its uneven finishing, inconsistent lighting and treatment of wind, and for the odd position of the dancers. The dancers' pose is reversed from a normal closed dance hold.
Pablo Picasso’s Mère et enfant Painted in 1902, which is commonly known as Picasso’s ‘Blue Period.’ The artist was greatly affected by the suicide of a close friend in 1901, and subsequently produced a series of paintings in melancholy blue tones. The painting was also influenced by Picasso's regular visits to a women's prison-hospital in Paris. The misery of those women, many of whom had babies or young children, seems to have struck a chord with the artist. The pose of the figure in this painting, with her face turned away from the viewer, suggests her suffering and shame.
Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm In this nonrepresentational picture, thinned paint was applied to unprimed, unstretched canvas that lay flat on the floor. Poured, dripped, dribbled, scumbled, flicked, and splattered, the pigment was applied in the most unorthodox means. The artist also used sticks, trowels, knives, in short, anything but the traditional painter's implement to build up dense, lyrical compositions. There's no central point of focus, no hierarchy of elements in this allover composition in which every bit of the surface is equally significant. The artist constantly moved all around it while applying the paint and worked from all four sides. It is 207 inches wide. It assumes the scale of an environment, enveloping both for the artist as he created it and for viewers who confront it. The work is a record of its process of coming-into-being. Its dynamic visual rhythms and sensation's buoyant, heavy, graceful, arcing, swirling, pooling lines of color are direct evidence of the very physical choreography of applying the paint with the artist's new methods. Spontaneity was a critical element. But lack of premeditation should not be confused with ceding control; as Pollock stated, "I can control the flow of paint: there is no accident."
Karel Appel’s Danse d'espace avant la tempête [Dance in Space before the Storm] This painting was made in 1959, shortly after Appel had seen the work of the abstract expressionist artist (and fellow Dutchman) Willem de Kooning, while on a trip to America. Appel's painting suggests spontaneity and directness. Some of the paint has been squeezed onto the canvas directly from the tube and other areas have been smudged with his hands. The painting is an explosion of colour and movement, with an ominous black mass at either end of the canvas suggesting the threatening storm.
Jojo’s Untitled Jojo is a 20-year-old, 9000-pound elephant in Lampang Thailand. His work is critically acclaimed and has sold for thousands of dollars. Elephants are known to be highly intelligent and display a range of natural behaviors including joy, grief, altruism, compassion, and creativity. Jojo expresses emotion through his paintings.
Banksy ? Banksy is an English graffiti artist, political activist, film director and painter known for satirical street art with subversive social and political commentaries. This piece appeared in 2009 on Whymark Avenue in Wood Green, north London. Academics agree that the piece has the hallmarks of a genuine Banksy.
Anonymous Artists at the University of Dundee collaborate in an experimental narrative in chalk. They anonymously leave message in chalk meant to spark inspiration and prompt viewers to imagine their own narrative to accompany the street art. This particular piece has been photographed and titled “A love letter to London” by a viewer.
Improv Everywhere’s The Best Gig Ever Was The Best Gig Ever a successful piece of art? – Artist: “Our intentions were good, and because our intentions were good, then this was a positive thing.” – Medium/Audience: “It’s the worst thing I could possibly think of ever happening to me.”
KT Tunstall’s Black Horse and The Cherry Tree "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree" is inspired by old blues, Nashville psycho hillbillies and hazy memories. It tells the story of finding yourself lost on your path, and a choice has to be made. It’s about gambling, fate, listening to your heart, and having the strength to fight the darkness that’s always willing to carry you off.”
Attributed to Ernest Hemingway An example of flash fiction. Often called the shortest novel in the world. There is some question as to whether Hemingway actually wrote it.
Anthem for Doomed Youth by Wilfred Owen What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? - Only the monstruous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs, - The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires. What candles may be held to speed them all? Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
Wilfred Owen Wilfred Edward Salter Owen MC was an English poet and soldier, one of the leading poets of the First World War.
Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red From 5 August 2014 to 11 November 2014, a major artistic installation filled the Tower of London's famous dry moat filled with over 800,000 ceramic poppies to create a powerful visual commemoration for the First World War Centenary. The poppies, a symbol of Remembrance in the UK, encircled the iconic landmark, creating not only a spectacular display visible from all around the Tower, but also an inspiring setting for performance and learning activities, as well as providing a location for personal reflection. The scale of the installation intends to reflect the magnitude of such an important centenary. 888,246 poppies have been installed, one for each British and Colonial fatality during the war.