A-Level: Contemporary figurative work

videos + essays

Barbara Kruger, <em>Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)</em>
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)

Kruger’s art is characterized by a visual wit sharpened in the trenches of the advertising world.

Lucian Freud, <em>Standing by the Rags</em>
Lucian Freud, Standing by the Rags

Freud’s nude isn’t the idealized, horizontal beauty of previous centuries, but a forthright, vertical one.

Francis Bacon, <em>Triptych – August 1972</em>
Francis Bacon, Triptych – August 1972

Coping with the death of his lover, Bacon paints figures who decompose and fuse together in front of our eyes.

Sigmar Polke, <em>Watchtower</em> series
Sigmar Polke, Watchtower series

Cheap fabric with a garish print becomes an eerie specter of surveillance thanks to some creative chemistry.