Favourite Exhibitions seen this year
I love art, history & stories so I visit a lot of exhibitions & museums, I was going to try and list all that I visited but I can't remember them all, so here's my favourites:
- •Hilma Af Klint at Serpentine, LondonBeautiful, mystic abstracts from the Mother of Abstract Art; a lot of her work predates Kandinsky, so she is one of the first to have created completely abstract paintings.
- •Nikolai Astrup at Dulwich Picture Gallery, LondonAmazingly large woodcuts & paintings of beautiful Norway
- •A favourite Rembrandt at Dulwich Picture Gallery, LondonWhenever I get to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, after seeing the visiting exhibition I always stop in to see this man and swoon over that grey background!
- •Maria Lassnig at Tate LiverpoolI'm still thinking about this portrait, it captures the feeling of existing without freedom, in a bubble, through a window when everything else is happening outside you harrowingly perfectly
- •Stanley Spencer at the HepworthI did a uni project on his chapel at Burghclere so always seek him out when he comes around, so much detail.
- •Winifred Nicholson in CumberlandTravelled up to Kendal specifically to see this & it was powerfully & quietly amazing, such a simple subject of flowers on windowsills yet convey the fragility, agony & beauty of life
- •Beyond Limits at Chatsworth, DerbyshireSculpture in Chatsworth's Gardens, including this dramatic D'Chirico
- •The Met, NYCMy first time at the Met & I was blown away, so much to see, gasping with wonder in every room, I only had a couple of hours so was nearly running trying to see as much as I could
- •Georgia O'KeefeBig flowers yes, but so much more & the black & white photos have you a peek behind the scenes.
- •Louise Bourgeois at Switch House, Tate Modern, LondonLouise Bourgeois's work never fails to excite me: she always seems fearless doing exactly what she wants to express through sculpture, drawing & text. I love the small room of macquettes & models, I love seeing work in its progress stage, a lot of the time it's so much fresher & raw so gets the point across much better than final work
- •Queen's House, GreenwichWhere Queen Elizabeth I was born & the amazing Armada Portrait now hangs (which was saved for the nation through donations)
- •Strange & Familiar at Manchester Art GalleryMost recent exhibition I've seen, detailing photos of Britain taken by visitors; here's Candida Hofer's Liverpool from the 60's