By now you’ve probably seen the #meme campaign that’s been going on in the past couple of weeks, a hashtag campaign aimed at encouraging people to share memories of their favourite artists.
In fact, many of the artists on the list are the ones that you might expect to see on the top of the list of people to remember.
You might also have noticed that the artists that were selected for inclusion have not been chosen based on their work as art, but on how much they’re remembered.
“When we think about art, we’re often thinking about its relationship to the past, and in fact the artist who has the most memories of that artist is the one that has the greatest impact,” said Anna Korda from the Architectural Alliance.
Korda believes that a strong connection between the past and the present is a very powerful tool in helping us to understand our culture, and to remember the beauty that has come from it.
“If we understand that what has come before can be found in a new context, we can understand what is important to us in the present,” she said.
The list of artists that have been chosen for inclusion in the #MemeCampaign is: Annie Lee (1961-2017)A number of artists were on the original list, including David Hockney, Peter Cushing and George Sayers, as well as the artists who later worked with Hockey and his wife Alice.
The first artist to be featured on the #MemoryOfTheArtist hashtag campaign was Catherine McQueen (1882-1954), who was one of the first women to work with oil paint.
McQueen’s work is still recognised today, but she was not the first artist featured on a #Mememaking hashtag campaign.
In 1962, Margaret Thatcher famously described Margaret Sanger as “the greatest artist ever to live” and later said “Margaret Sanger was the greatest artist to ever live”.
She also said “Margaret was a great painter.
She was a fantastic artist”. In 1963, the then-director of the National Gallery of Art, Sir George Curnow remembered how the painter Curnow had used his oil painting skills to create the iconic “Lonely Hearts” album cover.
Condon’s response to the #memoryoftheartist campaign was that “the real memory is the creation of the work itself” and not the artist’s legacy.
“The painting is what the artist creates, not the image of the painting,” he said.
McMahon, a British painter who was born in Glasgow, continued to inspire artists and was awarded the Royal Art Students Medal for Her work in 1966.
She later said that her painting of the Easter Island scene is one of her most important artworks, which she decided to make when she was a teenager.
Movies, too, have been a big part of McQueen’s legacy, and she continued to influence some of the greatest directors of cinema, including Robert Altman and James Cameron.
A Meme of her work is currently being posted on Twitter and Instagram by #memeartist.