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IMG_1207We visited both the Walker Gallery and Bluecoats in Liverpool the other weekend on a trip home.  Very long time since I had been either.  Room 11, British art 1880-1950, was very interesting with Jacob Epstein, Paul Nash, LS Lowry and Lucian Freud alongside the Merseyside artists Albert Richards and George Jardine.  The Walker is near St John’s Square where there is a moving memorial to Hillsborough, unveiled in 2013.  Across the square is a small, but again moving monument to “Those injured or killed, Lives unfulfilled.. the reality of car crashes.”  It is bronze sculpture with scattered toys and the contents of a woman’s handbag.   Onto the Bluecoat Gallery – I remember a beautiful old-fashioned building way back when but wasn’t expecting the modern extension built onto it as a contemporary gallery.  Wonderful shop attached.  Great history chart covering its 300 year history.  Reminded me to go to Slavery Museum next time.

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Visited the Tate Modern at the Albert Dock a few weeks ago.  The Yves Klein was the draw for me to see the International Klein Blue and the Fire Paintings.  But in addition to that we got Tracey Emin, William Blake and Edward Krasinski, the latter with his blue adhesive tape running through his paintings.  And a Pistoletto or two, a man who is scandalising those who like their stately homes stately at Blenheim Palace.  Can’t promise you the amazing collection of live owls outside the Tate that I saw but well worth the trip.

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Shoehorning a trip to the North West into a blog for London – not sure it fits the theme but I would recommend it as a weekend trip from London and I wouldn’t have done so a few years ago.  There is The Tate, the Museum of Liverpool, Anthony Gormley and Jaume Plensa.

First stop Junction 7 of the M62 and the Heart of the North West that is St Helens, my home town.  The Dream, a sculpture by Jaume Plensa, is a 20 foot high of a woman’s head and can be seen from the M62 but you can walk up to it and stand right in front of her.  It commemerates Sutton Colliery and the mining industry and was featured on a Channel 4 programme The Big Art Project.  It is stunning – I’ve seen it against grey sky and blue sky and it is beautiful and serene.  I highly recommend a visit.

Then next stop  The Tate Liverpool and the Magritte exhibition The Pleasure Principle. (more…)

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