Peake: pink and ….?

I had no idea what to make of Eddie Peake at the White Cube: Concrete Pitch.  Intriguing maybe? Bit weird?  It was pink, there was a DJ, some striking bright paintings, a long winding table of objects and a warning about nudity and the artist being about.  So I wandered about worried that a naked artist would suddenly leap out from a booth or a curtain.  He finally appeared as a mime artist type figure, climbed a ladder and sat on a wall reading.  Hmmm.


T-shirt: cult-culture-subversion

Enjoyed this exhibition at Fashion and Textile Museum; small but perfectly formed.  Took me back to the 80s and Frankie says t-shirts, Ramones and Rolling Stones.  Made me realise just how much they feature in our lives and how they have the power to convey important political messages and to get themselves banned.  Loved the private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts; an inexpensive way to have clothing from her collections across the year.

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A blue sky walk to Diversifolia

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Set off on a beautiful winter’s day with blue sky over London.  Started near Primrose Hill and walked down Regent’s Canal via Camden towards Kings X.  Took in views of London Zoo, a cow on a balcony, beautiful art deco buildings sandwiching a turquoise cottage, the new flats within the gas works at Kings X and on to the Gagosian Gallery.  There are some pretty extraordinary sculptures by Nancy Rubins on show at the moment; structures made of metal animals held together with wires.  Wolves, turtles, crocodiles, giraffes, deer, horses and more all hanging off each other on gravity defying angles.  They are quite wonderful and the more you look the more you see.


This show is always so eclectic with the weird, the interesting and the wonderful. The wonderful this time Echoes of the Kill by Alexi Williams Wynn, looks like coral but made of wax, and the paintings of Makiko Kudo.  The interesting, the violent paintings by Dale Lewis (I’ve put the non violent one up here) and the weird Corvid by Kate MccGwire, a twisted black shape made up of  crow’s feathers which looked like it could come to life.  On at the Saatchi Gallery until 6th March.

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Looking out of the window it is a sunny blue sky winter’s day, perfect for a stroll through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park to see this exhibition on its last day, 11 February, at the Serpentine Sackler. The paintings are large, colourful, childlike but not childish and full of energy and life.  Wylie paints wartime Kensington Gardens with dogs and ducks with bombers overhead, Arsenal versus Tottenham, footballers, dancers, actors, Elizabeth I and, my favourites, a pink ice skater and two tennis players.

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Gursky at the Hayward

IMG_0770The Andreas Gursky photography exhibition is the first in the newly refurbished Hayward. He specialises in large-scale photos of scenes with huge amounts of detail in them. But they are not all that they seem at first glance. Everything is in focus and detailed because he splices his photos together taken from different angles. It makes for detailed scenes such as stock exchange floor, a container port or an Amazon warehouse. However, there is only so much detail I can take in so after a few it’s difficult to focus in more. Interesting though but book ahead as it was very busy.  But the layout and labelling was pretty poor. Some photos had tiny signs that you had to queue up to read. Others had no detail at all leaving you guessing at what the scene was so room for improvement in the newly refurbished galleries.

IMG_0772The Age of Jazz, Rhythm and Reaction, was a lovely exhibition because Two Temple Place is such a fantastic building, a neo-gothic mansion with beautiful wood, staircase and stunning glass windows.

The exhibition covered the early days of jazz in Britain taking the visitor through the excitement of its arrival, then the bands being banned from visiting Britain and then acceptance.  There are gorgeous paintings, prints, cartoons, films and textiles all accompanied by a great soundtrack.