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Y2D26 and quiet spots

It was a bit of a dreary day today, so I spent the afternoon having a gallery-fest. First to the Jerwood Space to see the drawing prize before it closed tomorrow. Then onto the Guildhall Art Gallery for a bit of fun in Victoriana exhibition, and viewing the items from the collection in the Portraits 2013 exhibition. Finally around the corner to the Museum of London to see their fabulous Cheapside Hoard display. I had to have rest after all that walking and cultures, just a little time out in a quiet spot to breath again.




Y2D19 and revisiting

I had a second viewing of the National Gallery’s “Facing the Modern” exhibition today, this time with a couple of friends. I only saw it last night, so it was still pretty fresh in my mind as we went around. I had time for a closer look at my new favourites. I really like the ones by Richard Gerstl, who had a wonderful way of manipulating paint on a canvas, but a tragic short life. After the exhibition we walked down to the Delaunay for coffee and Viennese delicacies. This is just a memory from the train ride in. The lady had beautiful wavy blonde hair, like a 1940s film star, that she hid under a dark jacket hood. Though, it was starting to rain, so maybe not quite ‘hid’…


Day 356 and stately felines

Spent most of the day in town, catching up on gallery exhibitions.  Today I went to the V&A to see the Pearl exhibition (interesting but crowded) that had just started and the Constable “sketches” before they finished tomorrow. Also the V&A is great for drawing practice and there are lots of nooks and crannies to hide in, away from the touristy crowds.

After that I went to see the new Richard Serra drawings at the Courtauld Gallery. I was initially surprised by the various emotional responses that such monochromatic works produced, but then again, I love his large-scale installations/sculptures so why not these?

Obviously there was no way I could try to replicate those, so here is a view from one of those nooks of a 19th century replica of 17th century life-size silverware….


Day 355 and is that new?

A little sketching time in the NPG whilst I wait for my friend to finish work. Mostly spent at the Jacob Epstein mini exhibition but also just wandering the gallery, seeing what is new.

I’m perfectly sure I’ve never seen this one of Harold Wilson smoking a pipe before, who I was having a particularly hard time in capturing to my satisfaction. You know the adage… if at first you don’t succeed…try someone else.


Day 349 and notes on an exhibition

The Lowry one to be specific. I usually just sketch some memory aids, partly because I am not good at replicating what is in front of me, but mostly because they never have my favourite pieces as post cards.

Other than being “a squeeze” for the first four rooms, it was a good exhibition at Tate Britain. I liked the patterns that Lowry created in his artwork, that combined with a muted palette made for quite the atmospheric pieces. Very good at conveying emotion; pity we don’t see more of that in contemporary pieces, where concept trumps skill. But don’t get me started on that…


Day 334 and unexpected

Went to the National Gallery tonight whilst I waited for my friend to finish work. We were trying a different Thai restaurant that turned out to be utterly disappointing, but that is another story. I caught the Vermeer & Music exhibition, which was lovely but surprisingly busy for so late in the day. Even more unexpected was the violin/lute recital that I managed to infiltrate. No photos but I tried to commit the scene to memory and managed this.


Afterwards I had fun playing with the Michael Landy “Saints Alive” exhibition. I love interactive sculpture, and wish there was more about it. Afterall, surely sculpture should be tactical.


Day 305 and old and new

It turned into a rather warm and muggy day so I escaped to the Courtauld Gallery to see the Gaugin exhibition, that is currently running.  Just few pieces, but they involve printmaking so I am, of course, very happy about that. This was the bust of Mette against one of the oil paintings, Nevermore Oh Tahiti, old loves and new.


After the Courtauld, I went to see the Laura Knight exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. Only time for one sketch there, as my friend was released earlier from work than expected.

Day 260 and private views

I was lucky to be able to go the the private view of Hume/Caulfield exhibition at the Tate Britain. There was plenty of wine (and non-alcoholic cocktails) to keep you hydrated whilst listening to Observer art critic, Laura Cummings, give a brief overview. It is an exhibition of two halves.

I knew nothing about Gary Hume, so I was very interest in seeing this section, and even managed to get a couple of notation sketches down before I became too self-conscious. The pieces are very flat and highly glossy, so not my favourite style of painting, but certainly intriguing.


Patrick Caulfield I like, though I definitely prefer his earlier work to the patterned later pieces. I think most people there tonight made a bee-line for this section, I suppose he is the more well-known of the two. I’m not sure if the exhibition really “says” anything, I’m probably the worst person to question about that, but it is worth a visit.  However, don’t take my word for it, check it out yourselves and let me know what you think.

Day 179 and in the dark

I had a half day today, so a slightly longer Easter weekend for me (yay!) and what better way to spend those illicit hours than sketching in an exhibition?

After a bracing walk along the Thames to the Tate Britain, I went to see the Schwitters in Britain exhibition which was rather overwhelming. So much to see and absorb, you can hardly do so in one visit. I managed a few pages of analysis, one being spent in the dark distilling the slides examining the Merz Barn that was in the Lakes District. Day179

What do you see in the layers?


Day 167 and close inspections

An arty day today…up relatively early to queue for tickets to the Manet and Bellows exhibitions at the Royal Academy. Both excellent but the Manet one was by far too crowded for my liking – who wants to compete with other people to see the amazing works and be jostled when you attempt to analyse them such as I was when trying to do so with Berthe Morisot and Carolus Duran below. George Bellows, unknown to myself until today, was a lovely surprise. He has such energy in his compositions and his landscapes are just superb.

I followed the morning on Piccadilly with the Picasso in Paris exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery. The Courtauld always have compact, informative exhibitions, but if it’s a well-known artist then the space can get filled pretty quickly. You can imagine how it was today with a name like Picasso on the billing. The works displayed were from 1901, with quite a diverse selection. I particularly like the larger (and earlier) self-portrait.


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