|Equestrian Statue of Court-Duke Olivares, Kehinde Wiley, 2005. Image courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection, Contemporary Arts Foundation, Miami|
It is not just by offering different versions of history that artists can offer insights into our world. As artists, whether we realise it or not, we are offering interpretations and meanings about our surroundings and history. As the late Kirk Varnadoe reminded us in Pictures of Nothing - Abstract Art since Pollock, "We are meaning-makers, not just image-makers. It is not just that we recognise images - it is that we are constructed to make meaning out of things, that we learn from others how to do it."
Take one of the most famous symbolic paintings of the last hundred years - Guernica, by Pablo Picasso.
|Guernica, Pablo Picasso, 1937. Image courtesy of the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid|