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Revolutions have always been fundamental to the historical process. Moments of sudden, radical change are among the most influential in humankind’s history, and artists of all epochs have used them as a main theme in their body of work.
This is especially notable among French artists due to that nation’s brutal history. From 1789 on, painters focused a great deal on the Revolution and its impact on all layers of society. Moreover, because Bastille Day inaugurated a restless period in the country’s history, the collection of revolutionary artwork grew exponentially with the years; expert masters such as Jacques-Louis David portrayed important people and events in seminal paintings such as The Death of Marat (1793) and The Coronation of Napoleon (1806).
The civil struggle that culminated in an European war also led art into a nostalgic reaction called Romanticism. The movement – which arose out of a counter-reaction to the Enlightenment, one of the main catalysts of the French Revolution – was characterized by its emphasis on emotion and passion and its glorification of nature, mythology, and the past.
One of the exponents of the movement was Frenchman Eugène Delacroix. His large paintings represented a break from the perfectionism of French Neoclassicism and laid the ground for pre-Modernist movements such as Impressionism and Symbolism. Even though most of his work focused on celebrated historical or mythological scenes, one of his most prominent canvases is a representation of an event that took place during his lifetime – les Trois Glorieuses, or the July Revolution, which ousted King Charles X and replaced him with Louis-Philippe, Duke of Orléans.


July 28: Liberty Leading the People is a celebration of revolution and republicanism. It depicts Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, leading a revolting throng against the decadent monarchy. It is a highly symbolic painting whose various allusive elements evoke an entire society’s transformation.

The urban background on the right stresses the growing impact of the Industrial Revolution in France and Europe, which deepened class rifts and eventually sparked Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Delacroix, nevertheless, juxtaposes that with the eclectic mob on the right. Marianne glances at the two characters in the front – a bourgeois and an urban worker – as if blessing them. Indeed, the patriotic figure exhorts the unity of the French people, calling all social classes to fight together against despotism and oppression. She stands over a pile of dead bodies – presumably monarchists and republicans –, recalling the sacrifices that must be made for freedom and, once more, glorifying revolution. Because Marianne embodies liberty, her position in the painting also echoes the triumph of democratic ideals over unregulated absolutism.

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Today I want to talk about super talented Australian sculptor Ron Mueck, who makes sculptures which look like real people, by mostly using clay, silicon and plaster. His sculptures are very detailed and carry a huge psychological density. By looking at them some people could be very threatened, some of them would just stay-still and think how this could be possible. In my opinion, his sculptures are incredibly hyperrealistic, since you started looking at his works you can stop! You feel like you look at a real giant face of a real person standing next to you. You can see his work in Saatchi Gallery or Tate Modern.

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Oscar Wilde once declared that “art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known.” This statement might seem somewhat derogatory at first sight, but, upon closer inspection, it reveals one of art’s most important purposes on the planet – self-expression.

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The IB Arts show, which ran from 26 to 31 March, illustrates Wilde’s assertion perfectly. The fifteen artists who exposed their work after two years of intense work were able, through their multiple pieces and personal statements, to give their audience a snippet of their varied personalities, personal histories, cultural backgrounds, interests, and passions.

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Some chose to focus on their home cultures and familial connections to a greater history – every single one of Fey Martinez’s pieces, for instance, reflected her mother culture, Mexico, which she left at a young age. Karen Laanem, on the other hand, contemplated her family’s and her country’s past through a myriad of portraits.

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Others swayed smoothly between their original cultures and current interests. James McGoldrick displayed his interest for architecture by completing an extremely detailed panorama of London as seen from the east, with the Shard, the Tower of London, and Tower Bridge in the foreground, while still utilizing a series of depictions of war scenes to expose his country’s past. Jin Liu also used his portion of the exhibit to showcase his interest on architecture – in his case, deeply marked by a characteristic perfectionism.

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A variety of artists utilized their two years in the program to create a series of works based on one of their major interests. Renata Funari’s passion for contemporary art, especially the works of artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Damien Hirst, led her to work with less classical media, such as Polaroid photography. Malene Wisur’s pieces, which included photographs and prints influenced by the artist’s cosmopolitan experience, juxtaposed urban and rural landscapes. Lily Campbell, influenced by her years in Cairo, produced an abstract body of work that recalls the geometric patterns of Islamic art. Maddie Dale’s interest in cultural considerations led her to criticize modern Western civilization through her art, which addressed current societal issues through the fragmentation of the body.

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So Young Lim certainly depicted many of her personal interests, but her prolific body of work is, according to her, a means to express herself freely. A native Korean, she explained that art education in her country is based on rigid techniques that must be followed in order for pupils to earn high scores in secondary school and college art examinations. Coming to TASIS as a freshman, she was finally able to express herself through art without being afraid of subjective failure.

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Lastly, Polina Zakharova used art as therapy. Admitting that her interest in the field only bloomed much later in her life, she explained that the lack of freedom in boarding school led her to use it to escape a world of stern constraints to enter a looser, freer one. She allowed spectators to peruse her sketchbooks, which she took with her everywhere throughout her two years in the IB and which contain direct observational drawings, class notes, and phone numbers, among many other curiosities. She herself called her incessant drawing “obsessive”; her books and her show prove that she is, indeed, consumed by freedom.
These are just several of the gifted young artists who clearly devoted a great deal of their time to their work. Art has, once more, proved itself polyvalent by allowing fifteen adolescents to depict extremely diverse concepts such as culture, history, and freedom. Art might be intensely individualistic, but this year’s IB Arts show only reinforced its astounding plurality.

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Jason de Claires Taylor is an English sculptor specializing in making sculptures under the water which over time develop into artificial coral reefs. His exhibition are special and unique!!! One of his new and recent projects is to create the world largest underwater sculpture museum . He was an exhibition in England, Canterbury, Kent. The exhibition is situated in Canterbury City Council. Alluvia is one of those sculptures consisting of two female figures, the sculpture lies along the river flow. At night his works are internally illuminated. Jason de Claires Taylor uses Cement, Glass resin, recycled glass.

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Our new spotlight is about the incredibly talented and creative independent artist So Young Lim  (IB Y2). During her IB classes she has done a lot of amazing artworks using a huge variety of media. So Young is a super interesting and inspiring student for all of us. Her inspiration comes from, as she says, “Mr. Unconsciousness” and her dreams. She tries to transform all of her dreams on the paper. That is why all her work are so mysterious and magical. And now all of her incredible work has been rewarded! She was accepted to RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) a few weeks ago!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

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Congratulations to So Young and Polina on their acceptances to RISD this week, which just happened to coincide with their senior exhibition!


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We’re getting into the final stretch for our seniors in the last few days before their IB Final Exhibition. The studios have been buzzing these past few weeks with some incredible work being produced. We’re very excited seeing the show come together and we’re very much looking forward to opening night this Wednesday. The exhibition opening will be held in Magna Carta Hall from 6:30-8pm on Wednesday 23 March. Please join us in celebrating the hard work of our very talented seniors.



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We now have an instagram account set up to showcase recent photography from TASIS visual arts students! Find us at http://instagram.com/tasisarts. To submit your own photos, just add the hashtag #tasisarts to any images you would like to submit. We are also looking for an instagram team to help curate images that appear on the main feed. See me for details!

 Photo by Rafik Greiss  Hanna #TASISarts  Shun #TASISarts
 Malene #tasisarts  Tristan #TASISarts  Phil #TASISarts
 Polina Z.  Xin #TASISarts  Anna #TASISarts
 Zyad #TASISarts  Sourry #TASISarts  Isaac #TASISarts
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We recently had an opening for our annual all school exhibition. Thanks to everyone who came out to the opening. We hope you enjoyed the extraordinary student work on display from all divisional levels. If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to visit, the show runs through the end of March. Stop by the Fleming Gallery soon!

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This spotlight is about Karen Laanem, a senior in IB Year 2.

Karen has done outstanding work during these two academic years, her works include a huge variety of different media: drawings, paintings, photography and printmaking. Most of her works are related to her country and her family. She has done a lot of portraits of her relatives. She was inspired by traveling back to Estonia and finding old pictures of her family. She says those photographs made an influence on her and she started to think about her own identity. Her IB project focuses on the concept of identity and how she can find herself throughout her family and their history.

She wants to relate her future career partly to art and she would love to connect her future education with business and art. Great work, Karen! We’re looking forward to seeing your upcoming exhibit in the IB Final Exhibition.

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Karen printing a linocut with the press.


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 A portrait series inspired by old family photographs discovered by the artist on a recent trip to Estonia.


A series of digital photographs taken in Estonia on family property.


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