At the opening of the new extension to Tate Modern there was a small notice next to one of the exhibits. ‘Due to expected visitor numbers’, it read, ‘the macaws have temporarily been returned to their owners.’ Given the quality of the other works on show, it is unlikely that this caused much disappointment to visitors…
Last week I took a couple of days off to walk down the Thames from Windsor Castle to Hampton Court in order to visit the palaces. My excuse was that I had been working over the previous few weekends and that I wanted to brush up on my knowledge of Tudor and Stuart paintings while getting a bit of spring sunshine.
What’s not to like about the exhibition, Electronic Superhighway, at the Whitechapel Gallery? Despite the slight frustration of finding that this survey from 1966 – 2016 is laid out in reverse, this is the most impressive exhibition about art and new technology in years.
Join OCA tutor Gerald Deslandes at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London on the 2 April. We will visit the work of painter and printmaker Nikolai Astrup.
Having moved to London a year ago, I am still revelling in the opportunity to compare and contrast a huge number of exhibitions that are available in the capital. For example, last weekend I accompanied an OCA group on a study day to the Hoyland exhibition at the Damien Hirst Gallery and the Auerbach at Tate Britain. This week I was reminded of our visit when I was looking at one of the permanent displays, Making Traces, at Tate Modern.
Join Gerald in London on the 16 January 2016 for a double study visit.
This month Tate Modern and the Science Museum present two contrasting visions of the sixties: the first inspired by the spread of pop imagery, particularly in Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America, and the second by the involvement of the former Soviet Union in the space race.
Gerald reviews the touring Arts Council exhibition Making It: Sculpture in Britain 1977–1986.
Gerald’s final blog piece on ‘Just Kids’ ; Linking Fine Art & Popular Culture
Gerald on the Role of the Artist, Materials and Processes…
Gerald on the influences which shaped Patti Smith’s and Robert Mapplethorpe’s work
Read Patti Smith’s memoir along with Gerald..
And if you thought you had a good excuse, please note Just Kids is now available on Kindle.