Tag Archives: London

Untitled (Possil, At Last)

fullsizerender-7Untitled (Possil, At Last) // Cathy Wilkes // mixed media // 2013

On view in London’s Tate Britain is Cathy Wilkes’ work from the 2013 Venice Biennale, “Untitled (Possil, At Last). The mixed media installation includes three figures (two children, a man and a woman), scattered materials such as glass bottles, pottery shards, boxes and a wooden stool and is surrounded by hanging textiles. Wilkes piece provides an historic commentary on the fossil pottery that once was made in Glasgow.

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Untitled (Possil, At Last) // Cathy Wilkes // mixed media // 2013

Banqueting House

img_2936The historicism building located halfway between Trafalgar Square and Parliament is the Banqueting House. Perhaps one of the best known features of the Banqueting House is the Rubens ceiling which dates to 1636 under Charles I. Beanbags scatter the floors allowing visitors the opportunity to lie down and gaze up at the intricate ceiling panels which depict scenes such as the Union of the Crowns of England and Scotland, the Apotheosis of James I and Minerva Spearing Ignorance. What a relaxing way to see the work of a great master.

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Object 1999

img_5320Object 1999 // Antony Gormley // Iron Cast

Hanging above the escalator in the National Portrait Gallery is a body. It is the body of artist Antony Gormley. Well, it is not his actual body, but a cast iron replica of Gormley. Titled Object 1999, visitors come face to face with this work as they ascend to the floor above.

The Hive

IMG_5366.jpgA structure sits in the garden, its metal parts spiral outwards resembling swarming bees. This installation at Kew Gardens, designed by Wolfgang Buttress, is known as The Hive. Originally made for the 2015 Milan Expo as the UK Pavilion, The Hive, draws visitors attention to the lives of the bees who make their home at Kew. At the base of the structure visitors are invited to feel the vibrations of the busy worker bees in the hive. On the top floor, music plays corresponding to the hum of the bees. The Hive is also equipped with LED lights which is synchronized to the vibration sensors in the bees hives. This interactive experience will leave you with a greater appreciation and understanding of the little animal we know as the bee.

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London by Map

FullSizeRender-50.jpgWe live in a society where are are accustomed to seeing maps on a smart phone or GPS screen. Those on view in the Shard  are quite different and combine an artistic and retro spin on maps of central London. These three works highlight the town and such iconic sites such as the London Eye, the zoo and the docs.

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Ella May

IMG_9885.JPGElla May // Charlotte Brown

It is the Elephant Parade! Painted statues of elephants, such as Ella May by Charlotte Brown, are located in cities around the world. These decorated elephant statutes are part of the Elephant Parade, which raises awareness about the importance of elephant conservation. The statues are for sale and the proceeds are sent to help save the elephants. I saw this one in London. Have you seen any?

Georgia O’Keeffe

FullSizeRender-135.jpgFlowers. Skulls. Landscapes. Sounds like the work of American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Known for her blooming flower paintings and the brilliant colors depicting the New Mexico landscape where she lived, O’Keeffe is known around the world. A retrospective of O’Keeffe is currently on view at Tate Modern until October 30.

Tate Art Walks

FullSizeRender-6.jpgWinged Figure // Barbara Hepworth // commissioned 1961, erected 1963, aluminum alloy & stainless steel // John Lewis 2nd floor façade, Holles Street // Cadmium Yellow Walk

London is a city filled with art. Despite its numerous world renowned art museums, why not try something a little different? Tate has supplied a map of various art walks throughout the city allowing you the opportunity to explore public works of art; art outside the museum walls. Tate’s guide supplies a map of each walk and a list of approximately ten works with a brief caption about the piece. As of now I have completed four of the ten walks. These journeys led me to explore public art in Kensington and Hyde Park, Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. These are my favorite works from each walk.

img_0764Selene // Hew Locke // 2013 // bronze // Nadler Hotel, Carlisle Street, W1 // Moss Green Walk

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The Arch // Henry Moore // 1979-1980 // Travertine stone // Kensington Gardens // Scarlet Walk

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Bluerain // Michael Brown // 2009 // 23,520 blue light-emitting diodes LSE Library // Portugal Street // Turquoise Walk

UK Olympians 2016

img_5327 (L) Tom Aggar // Rowing // Anderson & Low // Pigment print, 28 March 2012 (R) Fran Halsall // Swimming // Anderson & Low // Pigment print, 21 March 2012

Although the Olympics and Paralympics are over celebrations continue at the National Portrait Gallery. Photographs of some of Britain’s well known athletes are prominently on view in the entrance to this famed museum.

img_5324(Top L) Nicola Adams // Boxing  (Bottom L) Mo Farah // Distance Runner (Top R)  Jessica Ennis-Hill // Track & Field (Bottom R) David Weir // Marathon // Photographs by Kate Peters, color coupler print, 2012