Sunday, 8 February 2015

Late at Tate Modern

My friend Rachel and I spent Wednesday evening enjoying three exhibitions at the Tate Modern.

The first exhibition was the Sigmar Polke which was the last chance as it closes this weekend. It was an eclectic mix of drawings, paintings, fabric collages and screen prints - lot's of crazy stuff!

Sigmar Polke - Resin paintings
Sigmar Polke - Resin paintings
Sigmar Polke - ink experiments
Sigmar Polke - Ink and collage experiments
Sigmar Polke - Large painting based on a photocopy experiment
The second exhibition was the new Marlene Dumas, The Image as Burden. This exhibition was a contrast to the Polke which was varied and eccentric. Dumas' work has a fluidity and cohesion in the approach to her work - the majority of which are portraits. She has a beautiful hand, using paint and inks in fluid lines to capture her subjects in arresting and sophisticated colours.

Marlene Dumas - Mixed media collage
Marlene Dumas
Marlene Dumas
Marlene Dumas - The paintings of children were a little bit spooky / eerie in my opinion
Marlene Dumas - This large wall of ink portraits were my favourite part of the exhibition they were so characterful!
The final exhibition was Conflict, Time Photography which I saw part of in November when I attended a Tate workshop. It was a powerful exhibition that was quite thought provoking encouraging you to reflect upon the effects of and aftermath of war.

Overall, I spent a lovely evening with a great friend and enjoyed lots of art.

4 comments:

  1. Sounds like a weekend well spent. It's always great to enjoy these things with friends. Adds to the experience being able to talk through your reaction to the art.

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    1. Yes - it's always more fun to do these things with friends x

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  2. Three exhibitions in one evening is hardcore! Did you have a favourite? I particularly like the Sigmar Polke pieces, love seeing the results from artists' experiments

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    1. Hi Alex - yes we did have a bit of art overload at the end of the evening. A very nice feeling to have though ; )

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