Body Language is an exhibition of work from the past ten years by 19 established artists predominantly based in America, although many of European dissent. The show takes a look at modern day treatment of the human form in art featuring painting, drawing & sculpture with mental health, nudity & communication providing the back-drop for discussion. With a lack of variety a substance looses its meaning, its ability to evoke reaction. We saw this recently with the abundance of Klee paintings all worthy...Read more..
The Barbican paints a new picture of Pop with Pop Art Design... Pop Art came at a time when abstract expressionsim had dominated the art market. A public, which had been starved of identifiable imagery were intrigued at this dramatic shift in perspective. Furthermore, the representation of everyday items, symbols & slogans suddenly made art accessible to everyone. People who were not necessarily connected to the exclusive art community were now suddenly able to relate to a piece of art.Read more..
Tate Modern's Autumn Exhibition brings us a comprehensive view of the work of modernist artist, Paul Klee. Focusing on the period 1910 – 1940 taking us through two World Wars & a time when abstract art was sweeping across Europe. P margin-bottom: 0.21cm; The beauty of a Klee work is the impossibility in which to categorise. A mixture of genres incorporate to provide an alternative experience including elements of abstraction, expressionism, cubism & the figurative form. With complex overlapping rectangular planes, geometric shapes and a sense of boldness...Read more..
In essence this is a mock- archaeological dig, an attempt to recreate the unearthing of past objects. It is hardly stimulating, or inspiring, but this seems to be the point. Located in a deserted wasteland in the heart of the West End, just off Tottenham Court Road stands the remains of a previously prosperous building. Occupied as a theatre in the 1940's until it reinvented itself as a car park in the twilight of its existence before being sentenced to oblivion with its demolition in 1960. This destruction was not exactly successful as although the vast majority of the structure has long since...Read more..
Sarah Lucas' (1962-) career has possessed a constant excitement rarely matched in contemporary terms. Since bursting onto the art scene, following her graduation at Goldsmith's College in 1987, Lucas has visited many taboos with a level of force that leaves a lasting impression. Achieving recognition early in her career amidst the Young British Artist (YBA) movement has afforded Lucas the luxury of attention. She has regularly & continually used this to cast light on controversial subjects close to heart. The Whitechapel Gallery...Read more..
Capturing the art of an entire Continent in a single exhibition is an enormous task, which can lead us to momentous applause, or grave ridicule. The curator's of the Royal Academy's autumn display attempt to walk the tightrope of success, or defeat whilst presenting their exhibition titled 'Australia'. Australia itself conjures up vivid images of stunning landscape soaked in sunshine & the sparse never-ending wilderness known as the outback. A place of wonder where native animals raise further curiosities, which can only be fulfilled by...Read more..
With one of the highlights of the art calendar drawing to its close we revisit the source of great debate, which has stretched the course of the Summer lighting up & casting cloud, seemingly dependant on your particular view. Laurence Stephen Lowry has always proved to be a controversial figure in the art world yet few have divided opinion as strongly as him. Adored by many for his depictions of industrial Northern England, whilst treated as an outcast by the establishment who did not acknowledge artistic merit in his work. < 'VE Day' (1945)Read more..
Passion Palette takes a look inside the Saatchi Gallery's art exhibition, which focuses on the material of paper & how contemporary artists are adopting this material with varying effect. Much can be learnt from the age of the past through accounts recorded by the use of paper. As the centuaries have gone by a once sacred material has become less valued, especially since the introduction of the digital age, which now claims a stronghold in the recording of information. Terms such as 'paperless office' lead us to depreciate the material that was once so revered & enabled the progression...Read more..