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Dropped by Hauser and Wirth on the way to the Royal Academy and took a look at Speigelgasse (Mirror Alley) with works of Swiss artists from 1930’s to today.  Interesting and worth a stop if around that area

 

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Loved this.  Grayson Perry curated the Summer Show this year and it is colourful and fun.  Not the usual fare in each room; in fact if you fancied your chances this year and put in an entry, you may have well got through.  Decorated rubber gloves and an egg shell portrait of Eggy Pop sitting alongside Paula Rego, Rose Wylie and Banksy, although I did not spot the latter and had to look it up when I got home. Each room is curated, under Perry’s guidance, by another artist and interestingly on the blurbs on the entrance boards, they talk about raising their game to match Perry’s sense of fun and picking exhibits that took them out of their usual comfort zone.  It shows.  My faves a stretched sculpture of the Pink Panther by Olga Lomaka, Anish Kapoor’s Symphony for a Beloved Daughter in the courtyard, a bear emerging out of a carpet and Yinka Shonibare’s Young Academician, a female Victorian figure running along with a toppling pile of books with famous females on the spines.  If you visit you also get to see how they have now joined up the two RA buildings which is impressive and an improvement.  This has an exhibition by Perry himself alongside the main show.  They have also taken the print room up to the Sackler Gallery so you find yourself roaming all over the building.  Get along and take a look at the 250th show.

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The exhibition covers a tumultuous 12 months in Picasso’s life.  At the start of the year he meets Marie-Thérèse Walter and starts an affair whilst living with his wife Olga and young son; he is wealthy and famous, yet worried that his popularity might be on the slide. He is so inspired by her he is able to produce a painting in one evening and start another – the show is remarkable for showing how prolific he was. During that 12 months he buys a Normandy mansion, he sells a painting for a record-breaking amount, has a solo show in Zurich and plans and holds his first hugely popular retrospective in June.  The paintings of Marie-Therese appear in the show and this might be the first time that Olga realises who she is.  Olga moves away from Picasso with their son at the end of the year but does leave him for good until Marie-Thérèse is pregnant in 1935.    The paintings are supported by photos, catalogues and the story itself which is fascinating.  The retrospective is represented by a few key paintings.  But the exhibition is dominated by Marie-Thérèse.  Ends 9th September; photos allowed of most paintings.

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Cyborgs, glitter, mirrors, ceramic baths full of black ink, a huge silver foil Zeppelin filling a whole room.  It is a cross between science fiction and architecture with pretty strange but interesting results.  Strangest bit for us was going into a black cave like structure with mirrors, putting on headphones and then making as much noise as we could with a queue of people outside.  Lee Bul is South Korean and pushed the boundaries over the year’s as a women within that environment.  The video clips show her wearing some of the tentacled costumes in the first room, wandering around the streets encountering people, with what were very political statements.  Ultimately disappointed as two exhibits were not functioning and one had a queue of around 30-40 minutes, time we had not factored in as it was not mentioned on the website.  Go along to visit but ensure you give yourself lots of time.  And put your inhibitions to one side and make as much noise as you can!

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How have I lived in London for over 30 years and not known about this place?  A tunnel of arches behind Waterloo Station, off Leake Street, full of every changing graffiti.  And I know it’s ever changing because there were quite a few people spray painting the walls when we were there.  It really is something; not all great graffiti but fantastic to see it all in one place.  There are fairy lights around as well and some interesting cafes and restaurants opening up to the sides so looks like it may become a bit more commercial.  Worth a look and then a return visit few months down the line to see the changes.

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Beatriz Milhazes at White Cube Bermondsey gives us bright, tropical coloured sculptures, collages and paintings with geometric shapes.  You can see the influence of Matisse’s paper cut-outs on the exhibition in a wall filled with a bright tapestry and in the collages.  It is fun and colourful and on until 1st July.

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Last week we visited Nancy Fouts exhibition at Flowers Gallery Mayfair and saw my favourite show for a long time.  So this week we visited the other branch on the Kingsland Road to see a father and son exhibition, Bernard and Nathan Cohen, Two Journeys and another exhibition, Tom Hammick’s Lunar Voyage.  It was difficult to get up close to the first exhibition as it was set up for a talk but Lunar Voyage was worth the trip.  There is a story there, with a traveller going off in a rocket and the images he sees along the way but didn’t follow it too closely; just admired the beautiful woodcuts with retro feel images.   Both on for two more weeks.

 

 

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