I found this exhibition hard… Van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' inspiring the Pre-Raphaelites seems like a bit of a stretch.
The final room was my favorite part of the exhibition. Centered around a beautiful Chinese panel that Matisse’s wife gave him, the room vibrates with color from his late cut-outs.
For example, the bird featured in many of his paintings is actually his Alter Ego, called Loplop.
But anyway back to Rachel. In 1993, she was the first woman to win the Turner Prize (1993 seems late but whatever!) and that same year she made House, a life-sized cast of the interior of a condemned terraced house in London’s East End, which existed for a few months before it was controversially demolished.
From that moment onwards Johns has held an important place in american art history, and this exhibition is an fantastic opportunity to explore his seminal works, but don't expect to leave gushing. Or maybe you will, but I didn't.
As the Tate themselves say: It is a landmark exhibition and a rare opportunity to see era-defining artworks that changed the face of art in America.
His early geometric investigations into color are my favorite and there are some amazing examples in this show. They are a little Klee, a little Mondrian and a little Malevich.
This is an incredible exhibition and a once in a life-time chance to see the Queen's collection of Canalettos.
It is an an adventure, a breathtaking spectacle of color, light, and form.
This show reveals a remarkable range of identities and stories, from the playful to the political and from the erotic to the domestic.