Foot pain retreated enough this morning to allow me to walk to West station and the 8.07 to London Bridge - truly London will be fab when they've finished building it - and a walk to Tate Modern. I'd done the Alighiero Boetti and Yayoi Kusama last Sunday, finding them both very rich and fecund artists, the Kusama beng the more interesting of the two, and I was a little arted out after Picasso and photographs to do Damien Hirst. Plus there was a queue. It looked heaving.

I got to the gallery just before it opened, and as a member I got to go straight in. I believe I have a potential for a private view, but I think I've had my money's worth. He's actually a rather old fashioned artist - his themes are mutability and preservation, most obviously in the cow, sharks and sheep in preserving fluid, sliced in half or whole. These have a melancholy beauty, as much due to the refraction caused by the tanks as anything else. Then there are the flies - buzzing around a decaying cow's head in a piece I've seen at least once before, in the RAA British Sculpture show, or stuck to the wall in a circle. - and the butterflies - flying around one round like Kew has been transplanted - or stuck to the wall. Then the endless cigarette butts and pills (not a show to inhale at). Perhaps the best piece is a autopsied angel, but I fear it all feel a little obvious in its juxtapositions.

In the Turbine Hall there is the diamond encrusted skull in a small blacked out room - you wait a few minutes to be admitted, walked through a dark tunnel, then into the room with the skull. It has a certain beauty, but it's flashy and vulgar.


I didn't feel the need to buy the catalogue.

Then north to St Paul's and a busy Central Line, via a coffee shop to a meeting in the Crown and Sceptre, a pub whose staff have gone from adequate to hopeless - this one didn't know what stout was, didn't recognise the name of one of their beers and was confused by notions of coffee or tea. Half the menu was off, too.

Then a walk with someone from the meeting in search of a coffee shop off Oxford Street - via a colour coded stationery shop which clearly either sells nothing which is yellow or has sold everything it had which was yellow - and to Selfridges. I didn't quite stand on the spot of the cover to Solar Flares, so next time.

Back to Charing Cross via CeX and Fopp and a sinking feeling that I'd dropped the fiver in my back pocket. A productive day.
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I Philip K. Dick, The Cosmic Puppets.
II Philip K. Dick, Humpty Dumpty in Oakland
III Philip K. Dick, Mary and the Giant
IV Philip K. Dick, The Broken Bubble

Beginning of a reread of the oeuvre, which I may do over, as I've been distracted. Some really odd swerves of prose in The Broken Bubble, and I wonder what the novels would have been like if he'd gone back and edited them. Still have the moments to shock, and still that sense of so much of PKD's obsessions are there from the start.

V Hamish Fulton, Walking in Relation to Everything (Margate: Turner Contemptuously/Birmingham: IKON, 2012)

After a rather hollow opening - half a dozen conceptual sculptures and a Turner oil painting of a volcano - and a rather too rich follow-up - Nothing in the World But Youth - we now have a double bill of the first big Turner show (Turner and the Elements, which I ought to compare to Paul Nash:* The Elements) and another contemporary show, local boy Hamish Fulton (who I checked in the phone book, and is out near Broad Oak).

I first knew about Fulton as part of last year's Folkestone Triennial (which I don't think I wrote all of up), and a series of posters he had around the town for his walks. Then I suspect there is a piece by him in the Templeton (a series of seven letter words?) and I can remember seeing the piece with Rodney McDonald and Alistair Milne "Hitchhiking Times from London to Andorra and from Andorra to London April 1967", I guess in one of the Tates and at the Modern British Sculpture show at the RAA.

Fulton's practice is art through walking - each piece is a record of a walk: from coast to coast, from source to sea, from sea level to peak and back, in Britain, in Europe, in Tiber/Nepal and US/Canadian wilderness areas. There's a Burroughsian obsession with seven letter words (DUCHAMP/MESSNER/HABELER/MALLORY/HILLARY/TENZING/EVEREST), and there's something amazing about the sheer number of forty mile walks someone can pull off on the trot, and the way in which this can get conveyed in posters. I mean, you have to trust he's done the walk as they're aren't always photos and postcards. It has a distinct uncanny feel. Is it sculpture? I think so. But.

There's more Fulton at Ikon in Birmingham, and I plan to have a day trip there.

I hadn't planned to do the Turner show, because I wanted to read the catalogue first, and the Fulton intrigues me in a way that the Turner didn't - although the watercolours here seem to show Turner as a more abstract and dangerous figure than I give him credit for. He's a really odd establishment figure, who's also a tad subversive. The Tracey Emin of his day... I'll read the catalogue and go back to the show.





* I did not know that John Christopher lived in Paul Nash's house. Mind you, I didn't know that Paul Nash was significant when I took a photo of his plaque.
A listing of exhibitions which may interest me and others - information presented as is, check with websites etc before travelling, corrections invited. Some galleries close on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays, municipal ones might close at 4.00pm now.

Items in red are on at the moment, starred items are ones I'd recommend or really want to see.


Ends January 2012

  • Edinburgh: Elizabeth Blackadder Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012
  • London: Power of Making V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
  • London: Barry Flanagan Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012
  • Eastbourne : Franziska Furter Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Y) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/
  • London: Love, Magic and Power V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • Margate: Nothing in the World But Youth Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • London: Pipilotti Rist Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • * London: Gerhard Richter: Panorama Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • London: George Condo: Mental States Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • London: Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx
  • London: Private Eye at 50 V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)
  • London: The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012
  • * Gateshead: BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw) BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com
  • Nottingham: Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber
  • London: Hokusai's Great Wave British Museum 3-Nov-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusais_great_wave.aspx
  • * Bexhill: Warhol is Here De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: Traced Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012
  • London: John Martin: Apocalypse Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
  • * London: Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012
  • London: The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
  • Cardiff: Joseph Beuys National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012
  • London: One Hundred and One Cartoonists Cartoon Museum 3-Nov-2011-21-Jan-2012 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
  • * London: Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935 Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
  • Liverpool: Alice in Wonderland Tate Liverpool 4-Nov-2011-29-Jan-2012
  • Edinburgh: Turner in January Scottish National Gallery 1-Jan-2012-31-Jan-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-and-coming-soon/turner-in-january-2012

Ends Febuary 2012

  • London: Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan National Gallery 9-Nov-2011-5-Feb-2012
  • London: Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011 National Portrait Gallery 10-Nov-2011-12-Feb-2012
  • London: Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx
  • London: OMA/Progress Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472
  • * Chichester: Edward Burra Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra
  • Birmingham: Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415
  • London: Has The Film Already Started? Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
  • London: The House of Annie Lennox V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

Ends March 2012

  • Birmingham: A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538
  • Gwynedd: Artist Rooms: Anselm Kiefer Mostyn Gallery 26-Nov-2011-10-Mar-2012
  • Edinburgh: The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917
  • Birmingham: Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration Birmingham Museum 13-Jan-2012-25-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1389
  • London: Photography: New Documentary Forms Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • Edinburgh: Missing Scottish National Portrait Gallery 1-Dec-2011-31-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibitions/missing

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A listing of exhibitions which may be of interest, with starred items things which especially interest me or things I've seen and would recommend. Check with venues for opening times - not all galleries open Sundays and/or Mondays. Corrections welcome. I've been updating things up to N of late - the rest of the alphabet to follow, but curiously this means seventeen items for the newly refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery and a couple for the National Galleries Scotland. It's a south-eastcentric list for reasons of practicality though. Must add Kettle's Yard, Cambridge and some of the design museums. Ordered by closure, red titles are in progress. There is a fuller list on a Google calendar.

[I didn't spot these yesterday - fuller update to follow:

Dulwich: "Ragamala" Dulwich Picture Gallery 25-Jan-2012-27-May-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/ragamala_paintings_from_india.aspx
Dulwich: "Van Dyck in Sicily: Painting and the Plague"  Dulwich Picture Gallery 15-Feb-2012 -27-May-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/van_dyck_in_sicily.aspx
Dulwich: "Andy Warhol: Life & Legends" Dulwich Picture Gallery 20-Jun-2012-16-Sep-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/andy_warhol_life_and_legends.aspx
Dulwich: "Cotman in Normandy"  Dulwich Picture Gallery  ??-???-2012-??-???-2012]




  • London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011- 11-Dec-2011
  • London: "William Dobson: A Portrait Revealed" Courtauld Institute of Art 12-Sep-11- 11-Dec-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
  • Canterbury: "Fictional Hybrids, Vera Möller" Sidney Cooper Gallery 5-Nov-2011- 17-Dec-2011 (Free)
  • Kendal: "Richard Long" Abbot Hall Art Gallery 21-Nov-2011- 17-Dec-2011 http://www.abbothall.org.uk/
  • Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: "Artist Rooms: Bill Viola" The Dick Institute 3-Sep-2011- 24-Dec-2011
  • Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011- 25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893
  • Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010- 31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892


Ends January 2012

  • London: "Wilhelm Sasnal" Whitechapel Gallery 14-Oct-2011- 1-Jan-2012
  • Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011- 2-Jan-2012
  • London: "Power of Making" V&A 6-Sep-2011- 2-Jan-2012
  • London: "Barry Flanagan" Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011- 2-Jan-2012
  • Eastbourne : "Franziska Furter" Towner 8-Oct-2011- 2-Jan-2012 (Y) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/
  • London: "Love, Magic and Power" V&A 10-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • Margate: "Nothing in the World But Youth" Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • London: "Pipilotti Rist" Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • * London: "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • London: "George Condo: Mental States" Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • London: "Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven" Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx
  • London: "Private Eye at 50" V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 (Free)
  • London: "The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012
  • Gateshead: "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw)" BALTIC 21-Oct-2011- 8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com
  • Nottingham: "Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming" Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11- 08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber
  • London: "Hokusai's Great Wave" British Museum 3-Nov-2011- 8-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/hokusais_great_wave.aspx
  • * Bexhill: "Warhol is Here" De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011- 9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011- 15-Jan-2012
  • London: "John Martin: Apocalypse" Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011- 15-Jan-2012
  • * London: "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011- 15-Jan-2012
  • London: "The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso" Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011- 15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml
  • Cardiff: "Joseph Beuys" National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011- 15-Jan-2012
  • London: "One Hundred and One Cartoonists" Cartoon Museum 3-Nov-2011- 21-Jan-2012 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
  • * London: "Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11- 22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/
  • Liverpool: "Alice in Wonderland" Tate Liverpool 4-Nov-2011- 29-Jan-2012
  • Edinburgh: "Turner in January" Scottish National Gallery 1-Jan-2012- 31-Jan-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/on-now-and-coming-soon/turner-in-january-2012


Ends after January 2012 )
A bit out of practice with these - I need to update my listing, and I see there's a William Morris exhibition somewhere in London. As always, check with the venue before travelling - especially on Sundays and Mondays. Starred ones I want to see or have seen.

 

 

·      London: "Only Connect" National Portrait Gallery 16-Apr-2011-27-Nov-2011

· *     London: "Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism" V&A 38a 11-Aug-2011-27-Nov-2011 (Free)

·      London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011-11-Dec-2011

·      London: "William Dobson: A Portrait Revealed" Courtauld Institute of Art 12-Sep-11-11-Dec-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

·      Kilmarnock, Ayrshire: "Artist Rooms: Bill Viola" The Dick Institute 3-Sep-2011-24-Dec-2011

·      Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011-25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893

·      Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010-31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892

·   *   London: "Wilhelm Sasnal" Whitechapel Gallery 14-Oct-2011-1-Jan-2012

·    *  Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012

·      London: "Power of Making" V&A 6-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

·    *  London: "Barry Flanagan" Tate Britain 27-Sep-2011-2-Jan-2012

·      Eastbourne : "Franziska Furter" Towner 8-Oct-2011-2-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.townereastbourne.org.uk/exhibition/franziska-furter/

·      London: "Love, Magic and Power" V&A 10-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

·    *  Margate: "Nothing in the World But Youth" Turner Contemporary 17-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

·     * London: "Pipilotti Rist" Hayward Gallery 28-Sep-2011-8-Jan-2012

·     * London: "Gerhard Richter: Panorama" Tate Modern 6-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

·     * London: "George Condo: Mental States" Hayward Gallery 18-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

·     *  London: "Painting Canada: Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven" Dulwich Picture Gallery 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/exhibitions/coming_soon/the_group_of_seven.aspx

·     * London: "Private Eye at 50" V&A Rooms 17a and 18a 19-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 (Free)

·     *  London: "The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" National Portrait Gallery 20-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012

·     *  Gateshead: "BALTIC Presents Turner Prize 2011 (Karla Black / Martin Boyce / Hilary Lloyd / George Shaw)" BALTIC 21-Oct-2011-8-Jan-2012 http://www.balticmill.com

·     *  Bexhill: "Warhol is Here" De La Warr Pavilion 24-Sep-2011-9-Jan-2012 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1335

·      Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012

·      * London: "John Martin: Apocalypse" Tate Britain 21-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

·     *  London: "Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990" V&A 38, 39, and North Court 24-Sep-2011-15-Jan-2012

·      London: "The Spanish Line: Drawings from Ribera to Picasso" Courtauld Institute of Art 13-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/future/index.shtml

·      Cardiff: "Joseph Beuys" National Museum Cardiff 22-Oct-2011-15-Jan-2012

·   *   London: "Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 29-Oct-11-22-Jan-2012 http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibitions/building-the-revolution/

·      London: "Grayson Perry The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman" British Museum 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/grayson_perry.aspx

·      London: "OMA/Progress" Barbican Art Gallery 6-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=12472

·     * Chichester: "Edward Burra" Pallant House 22-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.pallant.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/forthcoming/main-galleries/edward-burra1/edward-burra [Going to Nottingham next year]

·      Birmingham: "Lost in Lace: New approaches by UK and international artists" Birmingham Museum Gas Hall 29-Oct-2011-19-Feb-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1415

·      London: "Has The Film Already Started?" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012

·      London: "The House of Annie Lennox" V&A 15-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

·      London: "Andy Warhol" Museum and Contemporary Collection, Central St Martins 24-Sep-2011-26-Feb-2012

·      Birmingham: "A Life in Prints: The Tessa Sidey Bequest" Birmingham Museum Gallery 20 17-Sep-2011-4-Mar-2012 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=1538

·      Edinburgh: "The Scottish Colourist Series: F C B Cadell" Dean Gallery Modern Two 22-Oct-2011-18-Mar-2012 http://www.nationalgalleries.org/whatson/exhibition/5:368/19917

·      London: "Photography: New Documentary Forms" Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

·      London: "Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

·     *  London: "Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012

·      London: "Artist Rooms: TBC Late" Tate Modern 1-Sep-2011-1-Apr-2012

·      London: "The Unilever Series: Tacita Dean" Tate Modern 11-Oct-2011-9-Apr-2012

·      Nottingham: "Klaus Weber: If You Leave Me I'm Not Coming" Nottingham Contemporary 22-Oct-11-08 Jan 2012 http://www.nottinghamcontemporary.org/art/klaus-weber

 

These are various events which interest me and may interest others at galleries and museums, on at the moment or starting soon, in order of closure. Check details with venues before travelling - galleries can be closed on Sundays or Mondays, municipal places are now often closing at four.

Items in red are on at the moment.

Closing August 2011

  • London: "Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want" Hayward Gallery 18-May-2011-29-Aug-2011

  • London: "Camden Town and Beyond" National Portrait Gallery 27-Nov-2010-31-Aug-2011


Closing September 2011


Closing October 2011

  • Walsall: "Leo Fitzmaurice You Try to Tell Me but I Never Listen" The New Art Gallery 17-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011

  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Manufactory by Chris Coekin" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011

  • Chichester: "Anna Fox: RESORT" Pallant House 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011

  • Gateshead: "Maurizio Anzeri" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com

  • * London: "Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century: Brassaò, Capa, KertÄsz, Moholy Nagy, Munkçcsi" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 30-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011

  • London: "Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500" National Gallery 6-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011

  • * Chichester: "Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera" Pallant House 9-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011

  • Nottingham: "Jean Genet" Nottingham Contemporary 16-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011

  • London: "Adrian Ghenie" Haunch of Venison 6 Burlington Gardens 7-Sep-2011-8-Oct-2011 http://haunchofvenison.com/exhibitions/future/adrian_ghenie/

  • Eastbourne: "The Art of Giving: How gifts have shaped the Towner Collection" Towner 9-Apr-2011-9-Oct-2011 (Free?)

  • London: "Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe" British Museum 23-Jun-2011-9-Oct-2011 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/treasures_of_heaven.aspx

  • Edinburgh: "Dürer's Fame" Scottish National Gallery 9-Jun-2011-11-Oct-2011

  • Liverpool: "Artist Rooms: Robert Therrien" Tate Liverpool 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011

  • * Liverpool: "RenÄ Magritte: The Pleasure Principle" Tate Liverpool 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011

  • London: "Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air" Barbican Art Gallery The Curve 28-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011 (Free) http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=11988

  • London: "Peter Zumthor: Hortus Conclusus" Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 1-Jul-2011-16-Oct-2011 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/04/serpentine_gallery_pavillion_2011_zumthor.html

  • London: "Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA" Royal Academy of Arts 27-May-2011-23-Oct-2011

  • Hull: "Artist Rooms: Francesca Woodman" Ferens Art Gallery 11-Jun-2011-23-Oct-2011

  • London: "Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation" National Portrait Gallery 7-Jul-2011-23-Oct-2011

  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 28-May-2011-29-Oct-2011

  • Gateshead: "Mariah Robertson" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com

  • Leeds, West Yorkshire: "Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst" Leeds Art Gallery 15-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011

  • London: "Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery" National Gallery 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011

  • * London: "Doctor Who in Comics 1964-2011" Cartoon Museum 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/


Closing After October 2011 )
I'm back having been points north and east - a wet weekend in Berwick, six days in Edinburgh, and a week in an old lookout post in Broadstairs (though I got to come home those days). Interwebs have been largely limited to FB, and experimental tweeting, though it didn't forward to my FB account. You didn't miss much. I'll save that for work and the next exhibition.

A round up of stuff I've been to (Edinburgh to follow):

I think they've both closed but there was an exhibition of South African photos, which I have notes on somewhere (very little landscape) and one of David Goldblatt at the V&A - Goldblatt's was both anger-making and moving. The same day I went to Burke + Norfolk - past and present photos of Afghanistan at the Tate Modern. Almost spoilt by someone photographing in there (I think the labels) - I hate cameras making noises. In fact I was struck by how much photography is being got away with in the Tate. Anything up to tripod and lights seems to be the policy.

In Berwick, a Matisse exhibition of lithographs of the paper montages. Some good stuff there, and striking when collected together. Also showing some amazing glass, and paintings of a bus stops, whose details are not to hand. Then an exhibition of paintings of Berwick, including Lowry and Turner who get everywhere.

In Edinburgh, Tony Cragg, a sculptor with whose work I was not familiar, but it's very interesting (closer to Hepworth than Kapoor) and Elizabeth Blackadder, who can sure paint cats. (There's an App on iTunes for the exhibition with some good stuff on it). I didn't do the one of Hiroshi Sugimoto - I didn't have the energy, and it had been a bad day, but there are lots of ticket combinations which would have made it cheaper if cheapness is the necessity. At the Queen's Gallery, The Queen’s Gallery, The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein was good but not amazing and Art Fund doesn't cut the price.

I did some, and should have done more, of the Edinburgh Art Festival - I stumbled across the Ingleby Gallery's Mystics or Rationalists? (Susan Collis, Iran do Espírito Santo, Ceal Floyer, Susan Hiller, Jeremy Millar, Cornelia Parker, Katie Paterson, Simon Starling, Cerith Wyn Evans), whereas looking for Anish Kapoor's work at the ECA was hard work and found by accident. But it led me to the beautiful collaboration of Norman McBeath & Robert Crawford, "Body Bags / Simonides", translations into Scots of Simonides and photographs. I wish I'd made time for Charles, Jencks, John Byrne and several others.

Back south, the Vorticists at Tate Britain - clearly second or third rank but I like it, and got the right Tate this time. I do like Wyndham Lewis, but he was clearly a tosser. Must follow up Alvin Langdon Coburn, a Vorticist photographer. The sculpture stood out (as it would). And then to Whitechapel for Thomas Struth's amazing huge photographs - of which, more later. There's a charge for that exhibtion, and no Art Fund rate.
A listing of exhibitions which have caught my interest - either open or due to open in August 2011, and ordered by urgency. Starred items are ones I especially want to see or recommend having seen.

Please check with venue or venue's website before travelling - not all galleries open on Sundays and/or Mondays and municipal galleries have reduced hours. Corrections and additions welcome - I may have copied details wrong.


  • * Broadstairs: "Bran Jones and Shaun Madden Life's A Beach" Old Lookout Gallery 28-Jul-2011-4-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • * London: "Eric Gill: Public and Private Art" British Museum Room 69a 10-Feb-2011-7-Aug-2011 (Free) http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/eric_gill.aspx
  • * Chichester: "Nick Blinko: The Visions of Pope Adrian 37th" Pallant House 21-Jun-2011-7-Aug-2011
  • * Broadstairs: "Karen Shepherdson & Nigel Breadman: Replay '11 " Old Lookout Gallery 4-Aug-2011-11-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • Sheffield: "The Triumph of Maximilian I" Sheffield Graves 31-Mar-2011-13-Aug-2011
  • * London: "Fred Sandback" Whitechapel Gallery 25-May-2011-14-Aug-2011
  • * London: "Summer Exhibition 2011" Royal Academy of Arts 7-Jun-2011-15-Aug-2011
  • * Broadstairs: "SM: Not Waving But Drowning" Old Lookout Gallery 11-Aug-2011-18-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • London: "Richard Long / Giuseppe Penone" Haunch of Venison 6 Burlington Gardens 27-May-2011-20-Aug-2011
  • Canterbury: "Canterbury Society of Arts and East Kent Art Society Joint Exhibition" Sidney Cooper Gallery 6-Aug-2011-20-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • Canterbury: "MA Show" Sidney Cooper Gallery 6-Aug-2011-20-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • London: "Watercolour" Tate Britain 16-Feb-2011-21-Aug-2011
  • * London: "James Stirling: Notes from the Archive" Tate Britain 5-Apr-2011-21-Aug-2011
  • * Broadstairs: "Andrew M. Butler: 'Stairs, Steps, Stares" Old Lookout Gallery 18-Aug-2011-25-Aug-2011 (Free)
  • London: "Tracey Emin: Love is What You Want" Hayward Gallery 18-May-2011-29-Aug-2011
  • London: "Camden Town and Beyond" National Portrait Gallery 27-Nov-2010-31-Aug-2011
  • * Broadstairs: "Ben Rowley: Film @ The Old Lookout" Old Lookout Gallery 25-Aug-2011-1-Sep-2011 (Free)
  • Walsall: "Eduardo Paolozzi General Dynamic F.U.N" The New Art Gallery 2-Jul-2011-3-Sep-2011
  • * Sheffield: "John Martin: Painting the Apocalypse" Sheffield Millennium Gallery 30-Jun-2001-4-Sep-2011
  • Edinburgh : "Portrait of the Nation at the Scottish National Gallery" Scottish National Gallery 2-Oct-2010-4-Sep-2011
  • * London: "This is Whitechapel" Whitechapel Gallery 11-Mar-2011-4-Sep-2011
  • London: "Government Art Collection: At Work" Whitechapel Gallery 3-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011
  • * London: "The Vorticists: Manifesto for a Modern World" Tate Britain 14-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011
  • London: "Falling Up: The Gravity of Art" Courtauld Institute of Art 23-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/macuratingexhibition/index.shtml
  • Bexhill: "Catherine Yass" De La Warr Pavilion 25-Jun-2011-4-Sep-2011 (Free) http://www.dlwp.com/WhatsOn/ExhibitionDetail.aspx?EventId=1379
  • * London: "Miro" Tate Modern 14-Apr-2011-11-Sep-2011
  • * London: "Out of Australia Prints and drawings from Sidney Nolan to Rover Thomas" British Museum Room 90 26-May-2011-11-Sep-2011 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/australian_season/out_of_australia.aspx
  • London: "Watch Me Move: The Animation Show" Barbican Art Gallery 15-Jun-2011-11-Sep-2011 (Charge) http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=11989
  • London: "Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010" Whitechapel Gallery 6-Jul-2011-16-Sep-2011
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Home of Metal: You Should Be Living" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18-Jun-2011-17-Sep-2011
  • London: "Jake or Dinos Chapman" White Cube Hoxton Square and Mason's Yard, 15-Jul-2011-17-Sep-2011
  • London: "BP Portrait Award 2011" National Portrait Gallery 16-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011
  • London: "Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril" Courtauld Institute of Art 16-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011 http://www.courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/exhibitions/2011/Lautrec.shtml
  • London: "Forests, Rocks, Torrents Norwegian and Swiss Landscapes from the Lunde Collection" National Gallery 22-Jun-2011-18-Sep-2011
  • St Ives, Cornwall: "Artist Rooms: Agnes Martin" Tate St Ives 14-May-2011-25-Sep-2011
  • Gateshead: "Robert Breer" BALTIC 11-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
  • London: "Art Now: Corin Sworn" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011
  • London: "Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters" Dulwich Picture Gallery 29-Jun-2011-25-Sep-2011
  • Edinburgh: "Hiroshi Sugimoto" Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 4-Aug-2011-25-Sep-2011
  • Walsall: "Leo Fitzmaurice You Try to Tell Me but I Never Listen" The New Art Gallery 17-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Manufactory by Chris Coekin" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 18-Jun-2011-1-Oct-2011
  • Chichester: "Anna Fox: RESORT" Pallant House 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011
  • Gateshead: "Maurizio Anzeri" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
  • * London: "Eyewitness: Hungarian Photography in the 20th Century: Brassaò, Capa, KertÄsz, Moholy Nagy, Munkçcsi" Royal Academy of Arts Sackler Wing of Galleries 30-Jun-2011-2-Oct-2011
  • London: "Devotion by Design: Italian Altarpieces before 1500" National Gallery 6-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
  • Chichester: "Frida Kahlo *Diego Rivera" Pallant House 9-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
  • Nottingham: "Jean Genet" Nottingham Contemporary 16-Jul-2011-2-Oct-2011
  • Eastbourne : "The Art of Giving: How gifts have shaped the Towner Collection" Towner 9-Apr-2011-9-Oct-2011
  • London: "Treasures of Heaven: saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe" British Museum 23-Jun-2011-9-Oct-2011 http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/treasures_of_heaven.aspx
  • Edinburgh: "Dürer's Fame" Scottish National Gallery 9-Jun-2011-11-Oct-2011
  • Liverpool: "Artist Rooms: Robert Therrien" Tate Liverpool, Merseyside 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011
  • * Liverpool: "Rene Magritte: The Pleasure Principle" Tate Liverpool 24-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011
  • London: "Junya Ishigami: Architecture as Air" Barbican Art Gallery The Curve 28-Jun-2011-16-Oct-2011 (Free) http://www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery/event-detail.asp?ID=11988
  • London: "Journeyings: Recent Works on Paper by Frank Bowling RA" Royal Academy of Arts 27-May-2011-23-Oct-2011
  • Hull: "Artist Rooms: Francesca Woodman" Ferens Art Gallery 11-Jun-2011-23-Oct-2011
  • London: "Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation" National Portrait Gallery 7-Jul-2011-23-Oct-2011
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Artist Rooms: Ed Ruscha" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 28-May-2011-29-Oct-2011
  • Gateshead: "Mariah Robertson" BALTIC 25-Jun-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.balticmill.com
  • Leeds, West Yorkshire: "Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst" Leeds Art Gallery 15-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011
  • London: "Art for the Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake at the National Gallery" National Gallery 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011
  • London: "Doctor Who in Comics 1964-2011" Cartoon Museum 27-Jul-2011-30-Oct-2011 http://www.cartoonmuseum.org/
  • London: "Taryn Simon" Tate Modern 25-May-2011-6-Nov-2011
  • Edinburgh: "Tony Cragg" Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art 30-Jul-2011-6-Nov-2011
  • London: "V&A: So Noble a Confection: Producing and Consuming Chocolate, 1600-2000" V&A Sackler 19-Oct-2010-14-Nov-2011
  • London: "Only Connect" National Portrait Gallery 16-Apr-2011-27-Nov-2011
  • London: "Signs of a Struggle: Photography in the Wake of Postmodernism" V&A 38a 11-Aug-2011-27-Nov-2011 (Free)
  • London: "Beatrix Potter: Botanical Illustrations" V&A 14-Jun-2011-11-Dec-2011
  • Birmingham: "Home of Metal" Birmingham Museum 18-Jun-2011-25-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=893
  • Birmingham: "Staffordshire Hoard" Birmingham Museum 24-Jul-2010-31-Dec-2011 http://www.bmag.org.uk/events?id=892
  • Edinburgh: "Elizabeth Blackadder" Scottish National Gallery 2-Jul-2011-2-Jan-2012
  • Wolverhampton, West Midlands: "Traced" Wolverhampton Art Gallery 15-Jan-2011-15-Jan-2012
  • London: "Has The Film Already Started?" Tate Britain 27-Jun-2011-26-Feb-2012
  • London: "Photography: New Documentary Forms" Tate Modern 1-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: "Artist Rooms: Diane Arbus" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: "Artist Rooms: Jenny Holzer" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: "Artist Rooms: Joseph Beuys" Tate Modern 16-May-2011-31-Mar-2012
  • London: "Michelangelo Pistoletto: The Mirror of Judgement" Serpentine Gallery 12-Jul-2011-17-Sep-2011 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/03/michelangelo_pistoletto.html
  • London: "Peter Zumthor: Hortus Conclusus" Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 1-Jul-2011-16-Oct-2011 http://www.serpentinegallery.org/2011/04/serpentine_gallery_pavillion_2011_zumthor.html

I noticed the Muybridge exhibition had a warning about nudity - in photos the size of a matchbook. Some things are clearly sensitive.

Today I'd planned to see the Watercolours exhibition at t'Tate and may be the Bridget Riley, plus a visit to Oxfam and Hurlingham Books in search of copies of The Thirty-Nine Steps. I figure, what with watercolours being all chocolate box and all, an early arrival would get me ahead of the crowds, and an 8.00am train would see me arriving as they opened. A 7.30 train would see me have time for a coffee. But that would require me getting up at 6.30, unlikely on a weekend and double so since I got to bed at 2am.

Hollow laugh. After four hours' sleep I was awake in plenty of time and caught that train.

Even at 10.10 the exhibition was too crowded, or perhaps it attracted the wrong kind of punter. The punter who not only gets in your way, but pushes in front of you and looks at you as if you've been in theirs. Who come damn close to putting their damn dirty ape fingers on the work. About half of the art was what I'd feared - biscuit tins and clotted cream - with the early stuff and late stuff being the best. As with the Moore, the war stuff stood out - and that was what got the great reviews which made me want to see the show. There was an interesting room on developing technique and technology, which came a little late, and Turner kept recurring to give it a boost. The impressive stuff was the Dadd (every blade of grass!) and the familiar Ravilious and Nash, and of course the Tudor miniatures are amazing. Howard Hodgkin, I need to follow up.

But much more striking was the Susan Hiller exhibition - which I had no idea I'd see and which was packageable with the Watercolours. If I'm being honest, I'd say see this first, because you might need the Watercolours to calm you down, because this is a show that came with no warning. (But Watercolours will get busy. It's nice art. Mostly.) I confess I'd never heard of her, but I've seen her From the Freud Museum at Tate Modern (and note she is American, though long resident in Britain). She specialises in ready made and deconstructive art - hundreds of postcards of storms at seaside resorts, the evidence in the boxes, looped films of teen telekinesis, pictures of ships at sea, paintings burnt, sliced and diced, unravelled or deliberately faded in the light. There's a slide show about recording spirit voices, a surreal living room with a documentary about Nebuchadnezzar and faces in the tv signals after close down, dangling speakers recounting close encounters and - most terrifying of all - a film about Punch and Judy worthy of Grotowski and mind blowing. I've been moved, uplifted and transformed by exhibitions before, but never so terrified.

I had to do a bit more of the Tate's art to calm myself - a new hanging of twentieth century art, waving at artists whose styles I recognise now, the latest version of Blake on physiognomy and phrenology. Then a walk to Oxfam, where I score a Love's Labour's Lost (I hope a missing Arden) and thence to a rather good bakery, then the District Line to ...

Parson's Green, rather than Putney Bridge. Planned engineering buggering around - which I'd not thought to check on. And stupidly I turned left out of the station - which should follow the line of the railway south, rather than right, which would have been quicker. But I found a Starbucks, and had a second coffee, which had been the plan on the other route, and eventually I was back on track. And then, as I counted up to 91, I had this awful feeling that the place had closed down.

Fortunately, I looked around the corner, and found the shop. I also realise I've been there before, or at least past it, when visiting someone in Putney. I'm not sure I found it open. Another Thirty-Nine Steps, one novelisation of Flash Gordon.

I decided to walk along the Thames rather than tracing the route I should have taken from Parson's Green - I decided, but failed, as the Thames Path is somewhat inland. I soon gave up and found my way back to New King's Road, and a very slow district line.
Red events should be open now. Check with venue before travel.
Closes July 2010
* Ronald Searle: Graphic Master 3/3/2010-4/7/2010 Cartoon Museum
• * Horace Walpole and Strawberry Hill 6/3/2010-4/7/2010 V&A
• Quilts 20/3/2010-18/7/2010 V&A Exhibitions, Room 39 and North Court
• Semâ Bekirovic 23/6/2010-25/7/2010 Hayward Gallery

Closes August 2010

* Henry Moore 24/2/2010-15/8/2010 Tate Britain Recommended
• The Wyeth Family: Three Generations of American Art 9/6/2010-22/8/2010 Dulwich
• RAA: Summer Exhibition 2010 14/6/2010-22/8/2010 RAA
• Picasso: Peace and Freedom 21/5/2010-30/8/2010 Tate Liverpool
• Rineke Dijkstra: I See a Woman Crying 30/4/2010-30/8/2010 Tate Liverpool

Closes After August 2010 )

A belated updating - red events should be open now. Check with venue before travel.

Closes in May 2010
  • Chris Ofili 27/1/10-16/5/10 Tate Britain
  • Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World 4/2/2010-16/5/2010 Tate Modern Recommended
  • Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey 24/2/2010-23/5/2010 National Gallery
Closes in June 2010
  • Irving Penn Portraits 18/22/2010-6/6/2010 National Portrait Gallery
  • Christen Kobke: Danish Master of Light 17/3/2010-13/6/2010 National Gallery
  • Paul Sandby RA: Picturing Britain, A Bicentenary Exhibition 13/3/2010-13/6/2010 RAA, Sackler Wing
  • Modern Times: Responding to Chaos 3/4/2010-13/6/2010 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • Tony Bevan 3/4/2010-13/6/2010 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • Barbara Rae RA: Prints 19/4/2010-20/6/2010 RAA
  • Underwater 3/4/2010-20/6/2010 Towner, Eastbourne
  • The Indian Portrait 1560 - 1860 11/3/2010-20/6/2010 National Portrait Gallery
  • Relics of old London: Photography and the spirit of the city 10/2/2010-22/6/2010 RAA, Architecture space
  • Treasures from Medieval York: England’s other capital - 27/6/2010 British Museum
Closes after June 2010 )
  1. Kudos to Evan Davies who told Jim Naughtie off for thanking Andrew Marr on Monday's Toady programme at about 8.30. Marr had clearly been precorded and Naughtie - who should know better - wasn't fooling anyone.

  2. The Anthony Gormley statues seen in London are now lying on the roof of the De la Warr Pavilion - I feel a trip to Bexhill on Sea coming on. And maybe a visit to the bookshop.

  3. My blood pressure is up - having nearly forgotten to go into a well known pharmacy to pick up my prescription, I had to explain that my name wasn't Batch, rather I had a batch prescription lodged with them. Further I had to explain that these were situated through the back. I had brought six psecriptions in a month ago, and this was not the last one. And as it was already signed and dated, I didn't need to sign and date it. I begin to regret telling the doctor - who had, after all, talked me into using this scheme "for the convenience" - that I had finally got them trained at the chemist after two years. Frankly, going in the the surgery to drop off a repeat prescription and picking it up 48 hours later is less stressful.
Closes in April 2010

  • The Unilever Series: Miroslaw Balka 13/10/2009-5/4/2010 Tate Modern
  • A Different View 9/9/2009-11/4/2010 Towner, Eastbourne
  • Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 21/1/2010-11/4/2010 Whitechapel
  • Deutsch Borse Photography Prize 12/2/2010-17/4/2010 Photographers Gallery
  • Charly Nijensohn and Nova Paul 21/1/2010-18/4/2010 Whitechapel
  • The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters 23/1/2010-18/4/2010 Royal Academy of Arts
  • Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic 21/1/2010-25/4/2010 Tate Liverpool

Closes in May 2010


  • * Mrs Delany and Her Circle 19/2/2010-1/5/2010 Sir John Soane's Museum
  • * Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective 10/2/2010-3/5/2010 Tate Modern
  • * Celeste Boursier-Mougenot New commission for The Curve 27/2/2010-3/5/2010 Barbican
  • Kingdom of Ife: sculptures from West Africa 4/3/2010-6/5/2010 British Museum
  • Paul Nash: The Elements 10/2/2010-9/5/2010 Dulwich Picture Gallery Recommended
  • Chris Ofili 27/1/10-16/5/10 Tate Britain
  • Van Doesburg and the International Avant-Garde: Constructing a New World 4/2/2010-16/5/2010 Tate Modern Recommended
  • Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey 24/2/2010-23/5/2010 National Gallery
Closes after May 2010 )
I've let this get a little out of date - I need to check various places again. I have a Google Calendar which I can give people access to.

Check with venue before travelling - exhibitions get cancelled or renamed. I cannot speak to cost of entry but recommend joining the Art Fund.

These are sorted by order of closure - it's a see now before it shuts aide memoire. Red items are running now. Starred events are ones I really want to see.

Closes in March 2010

  • Points of View: Capturing the 19th century in photographs 30/10/2009-7/3/2010 British Library
  • Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams 18/11/2009-9/3/2010 Design Museum
  • Ergonomics: Real Design 18/11/2009-9/3/2010 Design Museum
  • * British Council Collection: Thresholds 9/1/2010-12/3/2010 Whitechapel
  • * I shake you by the hand, comrade Bacon: British Art Abroad 19/12/2009-14/3/2010 Whitechapel
  • The Rise of Women Artists 23/10/2009-14/3/2010 Liverpool Walker Gallery
  • Richard Grayson 16/1/2010-14/3/2010 De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill on Sea
  • Robert Mapplethorpe Artist Rooms 19/12/2009- Sheffield-Graves Art Gallery
  • Mark Rothko: The Seagram Murals 2/10/2009-21/3/2010 Tate Liverpool
  • Dark Monarch 23/1/2010-21/3/2010 Towner, Eastbourne

Closes in April 2010

  • The Unilever Series: Miroslaw Balka 13/10/2009-5/4/2010 Tate Modern
  • A Different View 9/9/2009-11/4/2010 Towner, Eastbourne
  • Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh 21/1/2010-11/4/2010 Whitechapel
  • Deutsch Borse Photography Prize 12/2/2010-17/4/2010 Photographers Gallery
  • Charly Nijensohn and Nova Paul 21/1/2010-18/4/2010 Whitechapel
  • The Real Van Gogh: The Artist and His Letters 23/1/2010-18/4/2010 Royal Academy of Arts
  • Afro-Modernism: Journeys through the Black Atlantic 21/1/2010-25/4/2010 Tate Liverpool

Later Exhibitions )
I had a cunning plan - I needed to go to two exhibitions in North London; I would use the HST. All I can say is that I am very enamoured of the service, but it only gets me to London 10 minutes earlier than the slow train is I want the first cheap train of the day, for £3 more (weekends is different, natch). But it is now busy.

There was work related stuff to do, so I hid in the AMT and used St Pancras's wifi* and tried to email people. Blackboard doesn't seem to be a fan of Firefox. Sigh.

A bit later than planned, I went to the Gagosian on Britannia St, where a bouncer opens the door for you.

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Crash: Homage to J.G. Ballard )
I was sidetracked on the way to Wharf Road by a fractured reality,

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and spent rather too long walking to there. I should have caught a bus but I needed a pee and needed food (and needed my Oyster topping up, it turns out), and it was all failing to happen. I noted a drive-in McDonalds, but foolishly I went to the Victoria Miro gallery first. I mean, they must have a toilet, yes?

William Eggleston 15 January-27 February 2010 )

And so, inspired, I dashed to McD's, and it was a close run thing as to whether bladder explosion or starvation would get me first. I actually enjoyed the burger - my first in three years I suspect.

I walked back to Angel - after some admiration of the wharf ) and decided I had time to go down to Charing Cross Road to pick up more Wordsworth horror classics (two more women, a Howard, one other) and then back to St P's. I didn't really have time - the Picadilly line was delayed, so I needed to change there and back. I caught the HST with a minute to spare, but felt smelly and sweaty all the way home.
faustus: (Culture)
( Feb. 28th, 2010 12:33 am)
I tried a new walking route to Tate Britain – via a coffee bar to email some marks back to HQ, and the Oxfam – but whilst it cuts most of Horseferry Road off, it doesn’t feel wicker. It does feel quicker than going by tube to St James’s Park or Pimlico. I was there to see the new Henry Moore, as part one of a two pronged art day.

I suspect he had got bit mixed up in my head with Barbara Hepworth, as I guess his signature style is the melted reclining figure. It helped that I had seen the Picasso at the National Gallery and the Epstein/Gill etc at the RAA, because it gave it a certain amount of context. For a start there’s the interest in so-called primitive arts and African masks – it would have been neat to see some of the artifacts from the British Museum which had influenced Moore, but I think it was clear enough. Already you are clearly in a realm of ugly beauty, and this is confirmed by a room of mother and child sculptures and preparatory drawings. These are very different from the Gill Madonna and childs, which tended to the cuboid, whereas these are more … organic, flowing, curved. A note suggests that Moore enjoyed the challenge of big object/little object, but sometimes the mother is reduced to a breast. Other times the figures merge into each other.

This leads obviously into his modernist 1930s, where some of the shapes are mere sensuous form – and very beautiful, even when made from concrete. One reclining figure has broken – was always already broken – into four pieces. The bigger modernism room features standing figures – many of which have designs scratched into them, more abstracted reclining figures, some large and made from stone or plaster, some smaller and made from lead or bronze. One standing stone has the rippled pattern of a beach on its reverse. In one corner are a series of stringed sculptures – carving connected by a network of wires – which again are astounding, but I’m not clear whether these were preparatory maquettes or finished items.

It’s the next room which is the deal maker – Moore’s war work. In part it is drawings of people sheltering from the blitz in the underground, in part it is coal miners at his father’s pit. These are visions into hell, with a terrible beauty – people asleep, people bathing, people working. Particularly striking is the drawing – with chalk – of hundred of people on the underground lines themselves.

The war and its consequences are in the penultimate room, which features statues of wounded warriors, a couple of which are extremely moving. There are more reclining figures – here the material is usually plaster – and warrior’s helmets. There is a strange bronze mushroom, which points to the atom bomb, although I’m not yet clear which point it is trying to make.

After this the final room is a bit of an anticlimax – more reclining figures, carved out of elm. I guess here the niceties of the gallery work against the work – not only do these feel like they need an outdoor space, but one longs to touch and caress.

But all in all a fantastic collection of items, and I must read the catalogue.

I walked to St James’s to catch a tube to London Bridge and thence to Dulwich. In future I will stick to the train from Victoria.

I knew little about Paul Nash, aside from seeing a plaque at Rye, but he was a British surrealist and war artist. I’d planned to see this exhibition, but I’d misread the calendar and assumed it closed in March rather than May.

Paul Nash Plaque

The Dulwich Picture Gallery special exhibition space is a long narrow one, with larger rooms at each end. I believe I’ve been there at least twice – a fantasy one and something I forget now (annoying! something Pre-Raph? Byrne-Jones?). The fantasy one was crowded with prams – which reminds me, a bemused toddler was being pushed around the Moore and was probably being scarred for life.

Many of Nash’s paintings are double exposures – a room and a seascape, the pyramids out at sea, a pile of crashed German planes and the sea. A landscape of Ypres becomes something sullen and brooding. Dymchurch is repeated transformed and altered, and filled with viewpoints to infinity. I guess one of his most famous paintings is of a bird looking into a mirror at the seaside. Disturbing.

He’s not a great painter, and his photos shown here don’t make him a great photographer, but it’s fascinating to see the abstract changes he wreaks upon St Pancras Station or a Gloucestershire landscape. Whereas his friend and contemporary Ben Nicholson fuses landscape and still life in minimalism, Nash fuses the two in surrealism. I need a further look.

I took the long way out of the gallery and to the other station, but I need the exercise. In retrospect I should have gone to Bromley South and caught a train home, I went back to London in hope of getting food – the train ran late and I got lost in Victoria Station, not being used to those platforms and unable to get my bearings. As it was I grabbed a sandwich and nearly missed the train as the cashier didn’t know how to work the till.

But a great day over all, and I even have an idea for a paper for the comics, surrealism and sf conference next year.
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