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Visited the Turner Gallery on a day trip to the Margate/Broadstairs coastline – more of that in another blog.  This exhibition was very eclectic illustrating the importance of animals in art and our relationships with them.  It includes Paula Rego, Chagall, Mark Dion, Tracey Emin, Lucien Freud, JMW Turner, EH Shephard, Picasso Warhol and so many others. I was particularly drawn to Lorna Ford’s A King’s Appetite with an prone clothed giraffe based on the giraffe that was given to George IV and died after a few years in captivity.  Stephanie Quayle’s room of chimps is striking.  There are moving photos of heroic rescue dogs from the World Trade Center in 2001, revisited 12 years later. I was also drawn to a double portrait of a poor dog and a rich dog by Edwin Landseer in 1829.   It is a surprising but interesting exhibition and well worth a visit.

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Visited the White Cube for final days of Memory Palace an eclectic mix of exhibits including a tower of soap. Then hopped onto the C10 towards Lambeth Palace and hopped off to walk to the Newport Street Gallery to see True Colours: Helen Beard/Sadie Laska/Boo Saville.  Drawn into Saville’s colour field paintings.  Back onto the C10 and over to Tate Britain for Aftermath:Art in the Wake of World War One.  Impressed by Ernst Barlach’s Der Schwebende (The Floating One), a striking angel hovering over the room.  But also very happy to see Anthea Hamilton’s The Squash draped over a seat confusing a small child who didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.  The Squash is in the Duneen Galleries every day 10-6pm but it does take breaks so fingers crossed it is hanging out. The C10 bus route also takes in the Imperial War Museum so handy one to know about.

 

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Interesting show on until 8th September at the Saatchi.  Maria Farrar’s Baguette and Birthday got my attention as did Chris Hood’s Untitled (Sad Mascot) with a depressed looking man appearing across several paintings. Kirstine Roepstorff’s creations are fascinating.  The more you look at them the more you see.  You Are Being Lied To is a 70’s montage with parties, footballers, army figures, firemen, bears, deer heads mounted on trees and so much more.  Difficult to pull yourself away from it.

 

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That is the name of the exhibition at LaZinc on until 8th September.  It is exactly as described and no queues at 5.30pm on a Saturday.

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Christo and Jeanne-Claude have created the London Mastaba floating on the Serpentine Lake until 23rd September when it will be dismantled.  It is 7,506 stacked barrels on a floating platform, 20m in height, 30 wide and 40m long.  It is painted, red, blue and pink and is very striking – and the ducks and swans seem to like it.  Whenever I see things like this, I wonder why we don’t get to see more outdoor art more often in London’s spaces.  Makes up for the rather dull Serpentine Pavilion this year.  The Serpentine Gallery also has an exhibition on about the London Mastaba.

 

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Took a trip to West Sussex last week near to Chichester on a Friday.  Visited Pagham for the first time which has a beautiful and deserted pebble beach which you head to through part of a nature reserve.  The spit stretching out into the sea reminded me of Croatia.  Then over to West Wittering beach for a walk we’ve done a few times now having first visited in 2015 – entrance to beach packed but then few minutes out you just find people with their dogs and boats splashing about.  First time I’ve seen anyone in the water there due to days of heat.  Beautiful as ever.  And then a stop at Cass Sculpture Foundation for a wander around the grounds – bit disappointed as not many new acquisitions so will leave it longer until I visit again – but great if  you are a first timer.

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Went to take a look last Saturday at Frieze before the football.  Regent’s Park was again the starting point for Pride so it was a packed and colourful place.  Favourite was A Needle Woman by Kimsooja – beautiful colours and looks like it goes right down into the earth.  Had no idea there was a door where you could step inside and be surrounded by the light so make sure you don’t make that mistake.  Also like the slightly ghoulish  Dancing Clog Girls by Laura Ford and Outdoor Miner Simon Periton

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