Category: Exhibitions and talks

John Akomfrah at the Barbican

I visited John Akomfrah’s exhibition Purple at The Curve Gallery in The Barbican. Sean O’Hagan (2017) describes Purple as “an immersive, six-channel video installation that attempts to evoke the incremental effects of climate change on our planet”. It was a fascinating exhibition which O’Hagan goes on to state “eschews a linear narrative for an almost overwhelming montage …

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Earth Sky

I visited the Richard Long exhibition at Houghton Hall, indeed I chose a journey around the Hall and grounds as the subject for the second assignment of this course. I was aware of the work of Richard Long from the History of Art modules I have studied previously, but this was the first opportunity I …

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Boom For Real

I saw this exhibition at The Barbican of the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the American artist. I didn’t know what to expect of the show as I knew nothing of Basquiat’s work before my visit. While quite a proportion of the exhibition space was of his work, a substantial part also seemed to be about …

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Gregory Crewdson – Cathedral of the Pines

I visited this exhibition at The Photographer’s Gallery, where all three exhibition floors had been devoted to its display. I had seen examples of Crewdson’s work before but only online or in books, this was the first exhibition of his that I had attended. I was aware of his style and the, almost Hollywood like, …

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Soul of a Nation – Art in the Age of Black Power

I visited this exhibition at Tate Modern not really knowing what to expect, certainly I knew something of the Black Power movement in the USA, but very little of black art from the time. The whole exhibition was fascinating but I will look at three aspects that struck me and in particular how they relate …

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Paul Nash exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre

I took the opportunity of the proximity of the Sainsbury Centre to visit the Paul Nash exhibition there. I was aware of his work although mainly the wartime landscape scenes, so I was keen to see the fall variety of his work. As this is landscape photography course, however,  I will concentrate here on the …

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Wolfgang Tillman’s exhibition at Tate Modern

     I was keen to visit this exhibition because I had not seen Tillman’s work displayed in a gallery space, only occasional images within magazines. What was interesting about this exhibition, was the way in which it was hung, as Alistair Sooke said in the Telegraph (1) "he is, known, for instance, for his unusual …

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Hockney Exhibition at Tate Britain – Photomontages

I have been intrigued in the past by comments made by David Hockney about photography. He has talked about landscape photos only being able to view the scene from a single point perspective whereas people generally walk through the landscape and see from multiple perspectives. He has also talked about the camera seeing scenes geometrically …

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David Hockney exhibition at Tate Britain

I visited this exhibition, along with what seemed to be much of the population of London, because I particularly wanted to look at Hockney’s landscapes. I was also very interested in seeing at first hand, his photomontages, especially Pearblossom Highway, which I have written about elsewhere within this blog. I was interested to see all …

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Beyond the Great Wave – Hokusai Exhibition at the British Museum

I visited this exhibition out of interest in Hokusai’s work in general but also for his landscape views in particular. The Great Wave is known throughout the world but Hokusai’s designs have also influenced contemporary photography. “Travellers Caught in a Sudden breeze at Ejiri (c.1832) from the portfolio, The Thirty-six Views of Fuji”,  which I …

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