Artists have always commented on the social issues of the day and there is no lack of subject matter in the 20th and 21st Century.
We start with two World Wars, where the horror of war rather than the glory is addressed. We look at other social issues such as the rise of communism (Branson), the Spanish Civil War (Dali, Picasso), and the debate about Nuclear Energy (Moore). We confront British and Irish views of Northern Ireland (Hamilton, Donagh), Racism in Britain (Offili) and South Africa (Kentridge) and the Aids epidemic (Derek Jarman), all subjects where the art is powerful and the subject matter challenging. Other artists are encouraging us to look at global problems, such as the “Disappeared” in South America, the treatment of women in India and elsewhere, and more recently Ai Wei Wei has focused on human rights in China. Whatever one’s political view point, there is much to admire and much to agree – or disagree - with.
THE ARTS SOCIETY ACCREDITED LECTURER
Mrs Elizabeth Strang
Attained a humanities degree through the Open University, with art as a main subject, specifically modern art. Recruited as a Guide when Tate Modern opened in 2000 and has since worked at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain, covering all aspects of art. Lectured on cruises for 3 years, with P&O and Swan Hellenic, specialising in 20th century art, and now lectures widely on the subject.