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Compare Two Exhibitions Essay

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The two exhibitions that I have visited and about which I am going to discuss are both taking place in Kent. The first one is entitled ‘’Give Me Tomorrow,, and its author is the American contemporary painter Alex Katz. He is exhibiting in Margate at Turner Contemporary Museum and the concept of the exhibition focuses on a collection of works chosen by the author himself. The other exhibition that opted for is taking place in the Beany Museum in Canterbury and ...view middle of the document...

There are many differences between the two artist and their works but they also have in common the longevity in painting which translates into a large number of works through their lives. Alex Katz continues to paint even in present, Give me Tomorrow exhibition presenting some of his latest works. Also Thomas Sidney Cooper devoted his entire life to painting. ‘’Sheep in the snow’’ is his last painting which was left unfinished on his easel when he died and it is also included in the collection present at the Beany Museum in Canterbury.
The locations of the two exhibitions are connected very much with the lives of the two painters, Canterbury being the home town of Thomas Sidney Cooper and the other exhibition given the Gallery’s location on the beach in Margate, it places a special emphasis on Katz’s seascapes and beach scenes.
The themes for the both exhibitions are revealing significant traits constantly found in the painter’s works and give us the opportunity to see their impact on art in the periods they were active as painters and afterwards:
Thomas Sidney Cooper (26 September 1803 – 7 February 1902) was an English Landscape painter noted for his images of cattle and farm animals. Cooper’s name is mainly associated with pictures of cattle or sheep, a fact that earned him the epithet ‘Cows Cooper’. The collection from Canterbury includes landscapes like ’’Spring: In the spring time of the year’’ (1901) and ‘’Winter: Through the Fells Cumberland, the drove in a Snow drift’’ (1901). Other paintings present in the exhibition are “The Stolen Horse” (1839), “View of Canterbury from Tonford, with Cattle” (1835), “Catching wild goats on, North Wales” (1862), “The Home Farm” (1844), “Separated, but not divorced” (1874-1882), a portrait of the painter (1889) by Walter William Ouless and a self-portrait (1832), “Pushing off from Tilbury Fort” (1884) which he began painting in his 80th birthday an is one of Cooper’s largest Works.
‘’Give me tomorrow’’ brings together paintings, oil studies, collages, spanning the full breadth of the author’s career from 1950 to the present. Using categories such as portraiture, land and seascape, figure studies and flowers, many of Alex Katz’s works picture an everyday America in time of leisure and recreation. The artist chose for the exhibition works such as “Homage to Monet” (2009) where he revisits Claude’s Monet classic motif of water lilies but in his distinctive visual language. Here he refers explicitly to Impressionism and its on-going influence but with notable differences. He remarks that in an Impressionist painting the light is “slower, more diffuse” but in his adaptation is sharp, strong and quick. “Late...

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