3-2-C: Tate Modern, London

3-2-C: Tate Modern, London

Tate Modern is London’s all-around stop for modern and contemporary art. There is everything from painting to performance art, sculpture to new media, and even a viewing platform from the new Blavatnik Building. Many visitors gawk at Pablo Picasso’s Weeping Woman (1937), marvel at Salvador Dalí’s Metamorphosis of Narcissus (1937), and fall silent in the [...]

From colourful cut-outs to stained glass windows – Henri Matisse at Tate

From colourful cut-outs to stained glass windows – Henri Matisse at Tate

An artist sits in a wheelchair, a large pair of scissors in one hand, the other holding on to a large sheet of orange paper. Aided by his studio assistant, the Russian-born Lydia Delectorskaya, the great Henri Matisse swiftly and rapidly cuts the piece of paper into a wavy, algae-like form. Similar shapes are then [...]

“Colour and I are one. I am a painter” – Paul Klee retrospective at Tate

“Colour and I are one. I am a painter” – Paul Klee retrospective at Tate

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible. The above is the opening sentence to Paul Klee’s Creative Confessions, a critical text written in 1920 that reflects on the artist’s thinking and creative processes. He sees the visual piece as a record of movement, a journey through unploughed fields, rivers, fog, a “flash [...]

Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…

Performance and Painting – a collaboration with weird results…

Taking its name from David Hockney’s 1967 painting entitled A Bigger Splash, Tate’s exhibition focuses on the relationship between performance art and painting, specifically the infusion of the two. It gathers together works of varying mediums, including photographs, films and installations, from the 1950s to the present day. I went to this exhibition back in [...]

Roy Lichtenstein and his Ben-Days

Roy Lichtenstein and his Ben-Days

In 1964, the Tate Gallery of Modern Art saw the arrival of Roy Lichtenstein, the first American artist to exhibit at the Tate. The reactions of the British public were far from impressed. Now, 49 years later, his legendary works drawing on 1960s American pop culture are once again reunited in a blockbuster retrospective in [...]