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Not as interactive or eye-catching as other years.  If you didn’t know it was an annual exhibit, you might just think “nice cafe”.  The stucture is by Francis Kere and represents a tree with its canopy.  I suspect it looks best from above.

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Saatchi Selfies

Visited from Selfie to Self Expressionism at Saatchi (on until 6th September) for a wander about.  It covers the first ever selfies from the old masters to present day.   Found it more entertaining than I expected as several were interactive, with mirrors giving you devil eyes with smoke pouring out and a great surveillance room.  There was a really weird one with black and cream fur that moved to form the silhouette of the person in front of it with motion censors – it look like lots of small animals moving about.  On the back of having a selfie beamed across the stadium at the World Athletics last week, maybe I will become the Kim Kardashian of Crouch End.

 

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This is a show about the influence of Surrealism.  50 female artists are represented including Leonora Carrington, Lee Miller, Eileen Agar, Louise Bourgeois, Tracey Emin and Sarah Lucas and it includes painting, sculpture and photography.  Not really for me and the experience was not enhanced by the lack of a guide given out at the front desk and no signs on the wall.  So unless you could recognise style or signature eg Tracey Emin, you had no idea who or what you were looking at.  On until 17th September.

 

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Two great shows. The Giacometti starts with an impressive room displaying sculpted heads, moving through all his styles, and ends in a room with 3 striking, tall figures.  Everything in between is a revelation, dispelling the view of him just producing tall, thin figures.

I had not heard of Fahrelnissa Zeid and  you wonder why when you read the biography and discover how well-known she was, and when you see the breadth of her work.

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Last year was a little disappointing and, after a lacklustre display from Sculpture in the City last week, I was prepared for a let down.  But it was great – 23 works organised by Frieze Art Fair that will be on show in the park until October 8.  favourites:  Miquel Barceló’s upturned bronze elephant Gran Elefandret; Vulcan by Eduardo Paolozzi; Michael Craig-Martin’s outline drawing of a Wheelbarrow (red); Final Days by KAWS and Endless Column, a totem of bronze footballs by Hank Willis Thomas.

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Never visited the Griffin Gallery before but I had heard David Mach interviewed on Front Row talking about putting together this exhibit which was all open to the public.  A team worked on layering newspaper, with some beams underneath for support, but the layered paper is exceedingly strong and holds up the jeep.   So it looks like it is being swept along on a tsunami like wave.  Mach described the work as back-breaking with hands cut to pieces by the paper but on the back of this exhibit has been asked to produce a few more.  It happens to be next to the Grenfell Tower which is a very moving and shocking shell, much more so than on the TV.  The Griffin Gallery staff were involved in supporting the community in the days following the fire.  Ends 7th July.

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Bit disappointing this year as there were fewer than usual and one or two I think were a repeat of last year.  But nonetheless, always good for a stroll around the City when it is quieter at the weekend.  You can find the map here.

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