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Tate Britain

IMG_7208.JPGThe History of the World // Jeremy Deller // graphite & acrylic paint on wall // 1997-2004

In my most recent visit to Tate Britain, I discovered works I had never seen before. These were some that I found most striking.  

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FullSizeRender 12Chair // Allen Jones // acrylic paint on glass fibre & resin with Perspex & leather // 1969

FullSizeRender 11Blue Devils // Chris Ofili // oil paint & charcoal on canvas // 2014

FullSizeRender 10Portrait of David Hockney in a Hollywood Spanish Interior // Peter Blake // acrylic paint, graphite & ink on canvas // 1965

FullSizeRender 7.jpgDying King // Elisabeth Frink // bronze // 1963

FullSizeRender 5No Woman, No Cry // Chris Ofili // oil paint, acrylic paint, graphite, polyester resin, printed paper, glitter, map pins & elephant dung on canvas 

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.

fullsizerender-6Untitled (Possil, At Last) // Cathy Wilkes // mixed media // 2013


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


FullSizeRender-6Column in Front of its own Image II // Michael Kinder // 1971 // fiberglass, resin on wooden base & acrylic paint on canvas

One of the BP Spotlight Displays at Tate Britain is dedicated to the work of Marcom Hughes, David Saunders and Jeffrey Steele, the founders of the Systems Group in 1972. Member artists focused on precision and mathematical principles in the creation of their art. These are my favorites from the display.

FullSizeRender-7 Moebius Strip // John Ernest // 1971-1972 // wood, metal, plywood & alkyd paint


Untitled Systems painting (six sections) // Richard Allen // 1972, PVA paint on 6 canvas


Rotation // Colin Jones // 1972 // household paint on wood

Ahhhhh Who Am I?

IMG_6439Study for a Portrait // Francis Bacon // oil & sand on canvas // 1909-1992

Who is this man in mid scream? He is blurred, paint streaking down his face. You can see his white teeth and his sunken eyes behind his glasses. But who is he? This study by Francis Bacon could be a portrait of a business man, the Soviet director Sergel Einstein or someone completely arbitrary. We don’t know who he is. But what we do know is that he appears to crying out in anguish.

Painting with Light


Currently on view at Tate Britain is the exhibition Painting with Light Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age. This exhibition explores the relationship of works from the Pre-Raphaelites onward and their relationship to early photography. Artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Singer Sargent’s paintings are shown juxtaposed with photographs allowing viewers to explore the influence photography had on these great painters.

Historical Dances in an Antique Setting

IMG_9827Historical Dances in an Antique Setting is the newest commission in Tate Britain’s Duveen Galleries. Designed and choreographed by Pablo Bronstein,  fifteen performers dance in the space. Interested in architecture? Bronstein created two architectural backdrops for the performance with zigzagging white lines on the floor. The dancers move according to the lines on the floor while visitors can walk in between them, around them or just stand to the side and watch.


My Bed

FullSizeRenderMy Bed // Tracey Emin // Box frame, mattress, linens, pillows & various objects // 1998

I’m not sure about you but my bed definitely doesn’t look like this one. This bed is a work by YBA artist Tracey Emin. Recently on display at Tate Britain, My Bed, is quite disheveled with scattered objects including shoes, Absolute Vodka, Orangina, a razor and tissues to name a few. The installation provides viewers a glimpse into someone’s personal space. We do not know who the person is but we are able to imagine a story about him or her based upon the items sprawled over the bed and floor.

Conceptual Art in Britain

IMG_3715What is art? During the 1960s and 1970s artists in Britain questioned what should be considered art. In a movement known as conceptual art, these artists pushed the boundaries of tradition.  A pile of oranges, a cup of water on a ledge, a painted black canvas, all were considered art, conceptual art. The process of the work was more important than the actual piece produced. In the exhibition “Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979,” currently on view at Tate Britain, some of the works of Britain’s most famed conceptual artists are displayed along side each other. Artists include: Kieth Arnatt, Art & Language, Hamish Fulton, Susan Hiller and Richard Long.


FullSizeRender-2Hesitate // Bridget Riley // Oil on canvas // 1964

Is this a painting? It appears to be moving. My eyes seem to be playing tricks on me. But, it is in fact an oil on canvas created by Bridget Riley. Known for her illusionistic paintings, this work is part of a series of works Riley designed in black and white. Titled Hesitate, this work is intended to evoke a particular emotion. What do you feel when you look at this piece?

Forms Without Life

FullSizeRender-1Forms Without Life // Damien Hirst // 1991 // Fiberboard cabinet, melamine, wood, steel, glass & sea shells

Six shelves containing beautiful sea shells comprise Damien Hirst’s “Forms Without Life” located at Tate Britain. The sea shells seem to invite you to come up closely and look, but you can’t touch as they rest behind class. The enclosed case harks back to the pre-cursors of museums, the cabinets of curiosity, which were intended to showcase unique and rare objects from all over the world in the same room or cabinet. Hirst’s work does so as well. Where are these sea shells from? Did Damien Hirst find them or did he buy them? We don’t know. All we know is that these sea shells create a relaxing environment, similar to a lazy afternoon on the sand.