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The Shape Of Things To Come: a tangled up mess?

2 Sep

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A beautiful and strange smell reaches your nostrils, as you walk into gallery 6 at The Saatchi Gallery. But looking around you definitely feel as though you ought not to like it. And that’s what the entire exhibition feels like.

Beauty in the absurd, the tragic and the disturbing, ‘The Shape of Things to Come’, is a tangled up mess, capturing the chaos we’re feeling as a society. Car crashes, toppling monuments and rubble tell a narrative of post-modern art.

My Highlights:

Peter Buggenhout, The Blind Leading The Blind #21 (2007)

Tragic, beautiful, perception.

David Altmejd, The New North (2007)

Metamorphosis, boundaries, spirtual.

Sterling Ruby, Headless Dick, Deth Till (2008)

Chaos, riot, bleak.

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Pure Romance

3 Sep

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.

http://www.tate.org.uk/britain/exhibitions/romantics/default.shtm

All is not what it seems

28 Aug

Francis Alÿs, Deception, Tate Modern, 15 June  –  5 September 2010 (paid)

A bell tolling, art you can step on, and films occupy the rooms, and the scrapbook layout draws you through the spaces. This is conceptual art at its best. I like it when facts surprise me, such as did you know that when Israel was divided up using a crayon, the line drawn on the map actually spanned 60-80 metres, Francis Alÿs asks, ‘who owns this land?’, with The Green Line.

http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/francisalys/

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