Category: Exhibitions and talks

Shape of Light Exhibition at Tate Modern

This exhibition is described by the Tate as displaying “100 years of Photography and Abstract Art”. I enjoyed the whole exhibition, but for the purposes of this note I will concentrate on those images relevant to landscape. The exhibition started with a photograph by Pierre Dubreuil called Interpretation Picasso: The Railway c1911. The gallery notes …

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Living Cities Exhibition at Tate Modern

I visited Tate Modern to see the Shape of Light exhibition and, quite by accident, discovered a separate one called Living Cities. It was a display which the gallery notes described as “a variety of responses to the modern city from artists around the world”.  A couple of exhibits were of real interest to my study …

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Another Kind of Life, Photography on the Margins at the Barbican Gallery

This is a major photography exhibition at The Barbican presenting the work of 20 different photographers from the 1950’s to the present day. The Barbican website describes the exhibition as following “the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more …

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All Too Human: Tate Britain

According to the Tate website All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. I was interested in seeing the whole exhibition as it contains work by a number of great artists, but I specifically wanted to look closely at …

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Exhibition: The Impressionists in London

I visited the Impressionists in London exhibition at Tate Britain, both out of general interest in Impressionist art, but also wanting to have a close look at how the Impressionists approached landscape painting in a City. The exhibition opened by setting the scene as to why French artists moved to London at this point. Following …

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Andreas Gursky at the Hayward Gallery

I visited the Andreas Gursky exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, a little unsure of what to expect I had seen single images of his work (Montparnasse) as part of other exhibitions, but never a solo display of his work. I found it fascinating how, in many images, he adopts such a distant viewpoint that the …

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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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