So the idea of the political in modern art is not just about Colonialism and challenges to the existing hegemony - for over a 100 years there's been an ongoing struggle over 'Feminism' and the Tate Modern acknowledges this in a number of ways - not least in addressing the imbalance between the portrayal of Women as 'Muses' and as artists.
|Guerrilla Girls with a series of 'proclamations'.|
|A bit text heavy perhaps|
I suppose for me while recognising the way the history of Modern (western) Art has been written largely by white men - there is something rather tedious about endless sloganeering and text heavy displays.
Amongst the work by women artists providing a feminist analysis of society some are (as you'd expect) more successful than others - those like Cindy Sherman (here her untitled #126 -listen to her talk about photography ) whose work is unsettling rather than just direct perhaps provide more in the way of change as the images stay with us longer.
|A newspaper reproduction - Shine on by artist Sarah Lucas|
Sarah Lucas is famous for being part of the wave of UK artists famously known as YBAs and is considered to be someone who uses humour in her work.
|Untitled by Linder|
Another artist working to confront Feminist issues is Linder (Linda Mulvey/Sterling) who first came to public notice during the 'Punk' era with her designs for Manchester band The Buzzcocks.
This untitled work uses photography from a fashion magazine as its starting point.
The picture can be seen perhaps as a satire on the male/female gaze in art.
Another female artist who has worked across with many materials and styles in her career is here confronting a societal issue her name is Barbara Kruger (from the USA).
The subject of this famous work is the distribution of wealth - I notice the similarity of a nearby work in Tate Modern by the ground breaking Photo Collage pioneer (but male) German anti-Nazi artist John Heartfield.
|Another hand this one from John Heartfield|
(Who I mentioned over 4 years ago.)
|Who Owns What? (2012) by Kruger|
|Soon £62.28 will be just a memory|
DoorsLime Grove famous for so much of the BBC output and also once home to a film studio has a fine number 48 (as did Suzi Quatro).
|famous beyond the borough|