Troy at the British Museum

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I visited the exhibition on Troy at the British Museum about the myths of Troy, and their interpretation and reinterpretation by artists over the millennia, with a dedicated explanation about the archaeological excavations at Hissarlik, the site identified in northern Turkey as the fabled city https://www.britishmuseum.org/exhibitions/troy-myth-and-reality A modern installation comprising sculptures from Antony Caro’s Troy series and a Cy Twombly …

Bridget Riley

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

In January I enjoyed the Bridget Riley exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery/past-exhibitions/bridget-riley It was a beautiful winter’s day in London, the clear sky already tinged with pink, and as I walked across the Jubilee Bridge to the Hayward, the Thames sparkled. It is years since I have visited the Hayward, but the Bridget Riley exhibition had to be seen. …

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy, London

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/antony-gormley to see images and explanations. This blog reflects my thoughts on the current exhibition of Antony Gormley’s work at the august Royal Academy, London. Margate Taster Gormley’s work is internationally known. The day bfore visiting the Royal Academy exhibition, I saw one of his works at a much more recent addition to the art world, the Turner Contemporary at …

KÄTHE KOLLWITZ

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

I visited the British Museum’s exhibition, Portrait of the Artist, Käthe Kollwitz; https://britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/portrait_of_the_artist.aspx I have encountered her work before, in Belgium and London, most recently in Tate Britain’s 2018 exhibition, Aftermath, about art reflecting the suffering and destructive consequences of the 1914-1918 war. https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/aftermath. This, however, is the first time that I have immersed myself in her work. It was …

The Vallotton Exhibition, the Royal Academy

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

The sub-title of the exhibition,” Painter of Disquiet”, is very apt, as many of Vallotton’s   paintings and prints tell stories of unsettling relationships, and some of brutality and threatening intimacy. His early works, capturing street scenes, call to mind Baudelaire’s concept of the flaneur, the observer of city life. A few of his narrative vignettes are less serious almost amusing. …

Back in London

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

MEETING OTHER ARTISTS I had a great day recently investigating different centres of creativity. First I visited the Art Hub in Woolwich which is run by a non-profit Community Interest Company that offers space, services, and facilities to support artists throughout their career. An artist friend, David Helms, has a studio there and I went with his wife, also an …

IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Visit to IMMA The Irish Modern Art Museum is in an old military hospital, repurposed to house a permanent collection of contemporary art and exhibitions. I caught an exhibition Life above Everything bringing together works of Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats. The exhibition was highlighting ways in which Freud may have been influenced by Yeats, their shared interest in …

TATE BRITAIN EXHIBITIONS

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

 I managed to catch the Frank Bowling exhibition on its last day. When I see how he uses acrylics, I think perhaps I need to try again with them and not just use them as a first layer to be covered by oils. The painterly surface of Bowling’s work glows, and translucent surface colours allow images to show through. Abstract …

London in July

Margot A. Loudon Non classé

Royal Academy course London was hot but I kept cool in the heart of the Royal Academy of Arts, enjoying a course on The Theory and Practices of the Bauhaus, led by Fritz Horstman from the Albers Foundation in Connecticut USA.  The course exercises were both demanding and fun. It was interesting to learn something of not only the teaching ...