Romantics, Tate Britain, 9 August 2010 – 31 December 2012 (free)
Beautifully put together, the works pop against blue walls, with snippets of information to enrich your experience. Paintings are thoughtfully selected, with an emphasis on Turner. The Neo-Romantics and some photography get a shout out too.
I enjoyed looking at the works, not as a movement (which is hard for an art historian), but as a collection of contemporaries. Imagine them knowing each other and rebelling against Classical imagery. Also, I never tire of seeing Turner’s later work, especially Norham Castle, Sunrise (c. 1845), now that’s pure romance.
TACO, Torre Abbey, July – Aug 2010 (paid)
Torre Abbey Contemporary Open is a fantastic selection from artists in the South West. The show works well together, as well as showcasing the talent of individuals.
I am astonded by this piece, made by James Lake. I dropped in to see the show being hung and actually though this was a volunteer taking a break, it is a man sitting in a chair, but the piece is made from cardboard! Incredible. Hope there’s enough time for you to see it.
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Underwater, Spacex, 17 July – 11 September 2010 (free)
Ten international artists are brought together by Angela Kingston under one theme; Underwater. There is a mixture of media: painting, film, sound, sculpture, drawing and photography. You really feel there was no agenda with the exhibition; it is about putting together interesting works about the Underwater.
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring this mysterious world through the eyes and imaginations of these artists. See the fantastical swancobra by Seung Hyun Woo, which looks as though it has been captured in a moment of movement, hear a fish ‘bark’ at you, witness a pre-Raphaelitian self-portrait of an artist as she slowly sways back and forth, just beneath the surface of a murky, weedy, dirty pool of water.