I've compiled a quick summery of the exhibitions I've been to over the past year or so. Some occur before I started the blog, some of these are still on and so in no particular order................
Sigmar Polke - Alibis: 1963 - 2010 at Tate Modern... on until 8 February 2015
Nothing is out of bounds for Sigmar. To see his work is to realise just how conservative we can be in our appreciation and in our making of art. His work is really inspiring, especially in his use of materials. All kinds the surfaces are up for grabs, even actual material i.e. fabric instead of canvas. Of course there is a lot more going on in his work. Most of all I loved his strong sense of humour, but do be careful, this humour is often a veneer to a much deeper message.
Fantastic, and going back for seconds!
George Grosz - The Big No at Highgate Gallery - (Hayward Gallery touring exhibition) On until 9 November 2014.
Highgate Literary & Scientific Institution, 11 South Grove, London N6.
Such and eye-opener into the chaos of 20s Berlin in this show of two portfolios of Grosz's work; 'Ecce Homo' ('Behold the Man'), 1923 and 'Hintergrund' (Background), 1928. This free exhibition lets you get up close and personal to Grosz's drawings of a collapsing society and all that goes with it. It's funny, it's dark, it's dirty, it's crazy and vice ridden...but what a draughtsman!
Kasimir Malevich - Tate Modern. A Revolutionary of Russian Art. On until 26 October 2014. This is the first ever retrospective of his work in the UK so it's definitely worth a visit if you're into Suprematism as I am.
Radical Geometry - The Royal Academy. Modern Art from South America. On until 28 September 2014. Progressive geometric art spanning a fifty year period, starting in the 1930's.
I enjoyed it and I've written a piece about it, which you can read here.
Jake and Dinos Chapman - Serpentine Gallery.
Nihilistic and very amusing.
Joseph Albers - Waddington Custot Gallery
Very Beautiful, especially on close inspection. See my post on this.
Richard Hamilton - Tate Modern.
Impressive body of work, preferred the earlier pieces though.
Early British Modernism............... subtly anarchic.
Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauchenberg and Johns.
Marcel Duchamp's American legacy resulting in a seismic shift in the direction of art in the 1950's and '60s.
Very good, I could do with seeing it again as there was quite a lot to take in.
Exploring ideas going back and forth between artists and designers in the Pop age. Great to see women artists represented such as Pauline Boty, Judy Chicago and Jann Haworth. (See below)
Big and colourful pieces as you would expect.
Musee d'art Modern, Nice. (France)
Exploring the relationship between New European Realism and the American tendency towards the Art of Assembling and Pop Art.
Great to see work by Niki de Saint Phalle, especially one piece that reminded me of the Chapman Brothers' work. I wondered if they had been influenced by her, (see close-up of painting below and above)......... great to see work by Yves Klein too.
Picasso Museum, Antibes (France)
Lovely location right on the sea front, excellent holiday and art appreciation-location combo.
See my post The Picasso Problem.
Renoir's House, Cagnes-sur-Mer (France)
Very pretty but found the work there quite boring, expected more.
Fondation Maeght, Saint-Paul de Vence (France)
Really impressive building and grounds, quite a lot of kinetic sculpture. Lots of Miro, Giacometti, Calder etc. Don't go to the South of France without visiting this place, it's wonderful. The actual village of St Paul de Vence is loaded with artists studios and very lovely but unfortunately there is quite a lot of poor quality work on display there, probably due to tourism.
Hannah Hoch - Whitechapel Galley
Large exhibition, very inspirational female Dada collage artist, working in the Weimar republic during the war........ I must get the scissors out more often!
Russian Avant Garde (1910-1932) - St Petersburg Gallery (Closes 20 September 2014)
Wonderful examples, a bit rough round the edges, which is something I love about some of these works, they're not too clean-cut. I may go back for seconds before it closes.
The Show Is Over - The Gagosian, Britannia Street, London.
Exhibition about abstraction and the end of painting, often proposed but never concluded....thankfully!
I found this sequence by Robert Ryman very inspiring. These pieces are on aluminium with vinyl polymer acrylic paint. He said "I am not a picture painter. I work with real light and space."
Schwitters in Britain - Tate Britain
Exhibition showing the later work of Kurt Schwitters, covering the time he spent in Britain as a refugee after fleeing Germany where his work was condemned as degenerate by the German Nazi government. He was a significant figure in European Dadaism and invented the Merz concept which deals with the equality of materials for making art. I have decided to show one of his sculptures here as I remember being particularly taken with them.