Freedom of Expression: Art vs Mass Media

In this session we will primarily focus on the careers of two major artists who made a huge impact on art in the second half of the 20th century – Gerhard Richter and Andy Warhol. Starting by looking at the Cold War Politics of the 1960s and 70s and the role of the media during this tumultuous time, we will see how painters interrogated the reliability of the images around them. At a time when photographs, captions and reference images in the news could no longer be trusted, these artists created relevant works that are just as important today. Through the careful selection of source images, Richter and Warhol raised a mirror to society and led audiences to challenge the ‘information’ provided by the media.

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Bojana Popovic
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Upon completing her Masters in Curating at The Courtauld Institute of Art, Bojana worked at TATE Britain and The Serpentine Galleries before seeking experience in the private art sector. For a few years she worked for private art galleries in Zurich and Paris before moving to the leading auction house, Christie’s, in London. During her four years at Christie’s she worked as a Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department where she also led art history lectures in collaboration with Christie’s Education’s MA programme. Since then, Bojana has been working as a freelance art consultant, Art History lecturer and writer.

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