Category: Exhibitions

The Pre Raphaelite Landscape

I was fortunate in being able to attend a gallery talk at the British Museum on the Pre Raphaelite landscape. This was as part of their Places of the mind: British watercolour landscapes 1850–1950 exhibition. The talk was given by a member of the Prints Department at the Museum.   The talk started with John …

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The American Dream-Pop to the Present – Exhibition at the British Museum

  Having been to the curator’s talk a few weeks ago I was keen to see this exhibition at the British Museum and relate my feelings about it to the intentions of the curator. The exhibition gives an opportunity to see the British Museum’s extensive collection of modern and contemporary American prints along with a …

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British Museum-the American dream: Pop to the Present – Curator’s Talk

I was very pleased to be able to go to a talk given by the curator of this show before the exhibition itself actually opened. It was a fascinating insight into how the works were chosen and categorised within the exhibition. It aims to tell the story of American art through printmaking over the past …

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South Africa the Art of a Nation

As well as visiting this exhibition I was fortunate my was also able to attend an introductory talk given by the curator of the exhibition,. It was interesting to hear from the museum curator (as opposed to a curator from an art gallery) what his definition of art was. He considered art as “objects that …

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Feminist Avant Garde

I managed to visit this exhibition at the Photographers’ Gallery shortly before it finished. I found it really interesting to see how photography was being used to make political points.   What was of particular interest to me was to see how some works of art had been appropriated to make political points. A great …

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The Radical Eye exhibition at Tate Modern

I visited I visited The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography From The Sir Elton John Collection exhibition at Tate Modern. It was fascinating to see, not just the photographs, but to consider how they were put together as a collection. In an interesting film, Elton John discussed the motivation behind his collecting and some of the …

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The Turner Prize 2016 (Part 2).

The winner of the Turner prize has just been announced, and it certainly wasn’t my favourite of the four artists. As mentioned in a previous post, the work that I appreciated the most was by Michael Dean. His work said more to me, with a political message, than any of the other exhibitors. However the …

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Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern

Whilst I was aware of Rauschenberg and his work before I visited this exhibition I knew very little about him and his influence on other artists. I had seen his work in a previous exhibition at the Barbican when some pieces were included in a show which was concerned with the the work and influence …

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Fiji exhibition – what is art (continued)

Just when I thought that I had resolved the issue of “what is art” the Sainsbury Centre challenges me again. I visited the Fiji exhibition and some of the pieces made me think again “is this art?”, Why is it displayed in a visual art gallery rather than in an ethnographic museum. When entering the …

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Touch – works on paper by Maggie Hambling at the British Museum

I was familiar with Maggie Hambling’s paintings of the sea and on a recent visit to Aldeburgh I had been to see her sculpture on the seashore. This exhibition was something of a revelation. It showed Hambling’s skill with charcoal, ink and monotype. But most interestingly it gave an insight into her thoughts and methods. …

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