Category: Exhibitions

The Turner Prize 2016, shortlist exhibition at Tate Britain

On the way to London to see this exhibition I read an article in the Tate magazine about Arte Util – art as tools. It referred, in part, to last year’s Turner prize winner, Assemble, which produced functional objects as art – or put art at the centre of producing functional objects.   There is …

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Building a Collection of Middle Eastern art

I was able to attend this lecture at the British Museum, given by Venetia Porter the curator of Islamic and contemporary Middle East. The Museum has been collecting works by Middle Eastern artists since the late 1980s and is continuing to develop the collection, concentrating on works on paper. The talk was mainly about contemporary …

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Painting with Light at Tate Britain

This exhibition at Tate Britain explored the relationship between photography and painting. The Exhibition Guide explains “the invention of photography in 1839 contributed to a period of change for the visual arts in Britain. The development of new materials and techniques influenced painters and photographers who shared ambitions and ideas. These conversations were at the …

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Kakiemon exhibition at the British Museum

In preparation for an earlier exercise on this course I visited the Victoria and Albert Museum. While there I saw examples of Kakiemon porcelain. So I was very interested to see that the British Museum had a small exhibition of Kakiemon – how it is produced and decorated, together with examples of Kakiemon porcelain and …

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Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at Tate modern

Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings are very well known and I was quite familiar with many of them, but only from books and magazine illustrations. I was not very aware of her other work (I’d seen occasional images of skull paintings) so it was a learning experience to see the full variety of her work in …

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OCA study visit to the Giacometti exhibition at the Sainsbury Centre

I knew of Giacometti’s “walking” sculptures but didn’t realise how proficient he was with drawing and painting. I also learnt how vital a role his brother played in his work. The drawings of Paris life were interesting – it was well-planned that at the same time the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition of Paris Street scenes was …

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Dan Flavin at the Ikon Gallery

  Image By Grand Parc – Bordeaux, France from France [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons I had the chance to visit this exhibition when in Birmingham – my first time at this gallery also. I always used to be “suspicious” of the more contemporary art forms, but undertaking the Level I and 2 …

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Imran Qureshi at the Barbican

Where the Shadows Are So Deep – The Curve Gallery at The Barbican Qureshi had graduated from Lahore University in miniature painting, and he returned to this theme for his commission at The Curve gallery in the Barbican. The Curve is a somewhat unusual gallery as it is long and narrow and, as its name …

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Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

In her feedback on my third assignment my tutor referred to this exhibition as recommended for this part of the course. I went to visit it at the National Gallery and I was very pleased that I did as I found it a stimulating and informative exhibition. While I had certainly heard of Delacroix before …

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Middle Eastern Art – Talk at British Museum

I attended a short introductory course at the British Museum on Middle Eastern Art. The volunteer speaker gave a brief introduction to the art of the middle east/Islamic world and then gave a short description of a number of exhibits in the Islamic art gallery. The talk was, for me, enlightening; it is easy to …

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