Art & Music link – Tacita Dean on her musical choices

I am fascinated by the links between art and music. Russian abstract painter Kandinsky perfectly describes this connection which he explored in his painting and art theory through treatises,

Color is the keyboard, the eyes are the harmonies, the soul is the piano with many strings. The artist is the hand that plays, touching one key or another, to cause vibrations in the soul.

An example of this theory put into practice can be seen in his painting “Impression III (Concert)” which recorded a concert of Schönberg’s music that Kandinsky attended

I was reminded of the connections between art and music, when I listened to the radio programme Private Passions, during which guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates.

For this episode, the visual artist Tacita Dean, one of the Young British Artists, who is best-known for her work in 16mm film (although she also uses a variety of media including drawing, photography, and sound) was the Private Passions guest.

I really enjoyed hearing Tacita Dean describe how music influences her work. It can also be surprising to discover the genres of music that people listen to, it is rarely just one, which is similar in my case, as I outlined in a previous post here.

Tacita Dean’s large-scale installation, Film, is currently on show in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern.

You’ve got 5 days left to hear Tacita discussing her musical passions on Private Passions by clicking on the ‘listen now’ link on this page


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