Oh dear, this has taken me much too long to write and publish, I’m getting all behind on writing up my visits… I will endeavour to rectify this over the next week or so!
I think I might be slightly in love with the work of Patrick Caulfield (1936–2005).
This is the link to the exhibition: http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/patrick-caulfield
It’s probably because I’m a graphic designer and I love breaking objects down visually – into their simplest parts. Slightly naive but exactly right. And thats what I think Patrick Caulfield does very well.
I went to Edinburgh last weekend, partly because i wanted to visit an exhibition on Vikings. It was great. It didn’t seem the biggest exhibition, but actually was jam packed with facts, and artifacts, so much so, that i did my normal trick of concentrating intently at the beginning, trying to read and look at everything, but feeling a bit worn out towards the end!
There were a few surprises – things I never knew about Vikings – not that i would claim to know much anyway.
So apparently the first shocker is that they never used to wear horned hats! It’s not true!! They were probably only used for ceremonial or ritual purposes.
Berthe Morisot with Bouquet of Violets, 1872
I went to see the Manet Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, on a Friday evening a couple of weeks ago. Physically walking around the exhibition was much as expected on a Friday eve – almost too busy to see each painting – but if you expect that and go with the flow it’s OK, you just have to wait your turn to shuffle along and see the next painting. (I’m tempted to moan, but really what’s the point!)
This was the first major exhibition in the UK devoted to his work and in particular focusing on his work as a portrait painter. He embraced the Realist approach to portraiture working directly from the sitter, placing them in realistic scenes, in realistic poses.