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Visited the Matisse in the Studio exhibition at the Royal Academy last week which was much more interesting expected.  You can see from photographs of his studio that objects were everywhere, collected from all over; chairs, textiles, chocolate pots, statues, African masks and much more.  These objects appear in the paintings, sometimes like the chocolate pot, over many years and in many different guises eg as a chocolate pot or as a vase.  Or they act as an influence eg the masks and statues on his paintings.  This is most obvious in the room Language of Signs where a Chinese panel influenced the cut-outs he produced towards the end of his life.  Worth visiting – on until 12th November.

Walking to the RA, through Burlington Arcade, we came across 300 delicate paper birds, created by Mathilde Nivet hung across the glass ceiling.  Worth a look.

 

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Look forward to this every year, attending the Friends Weekend and wandering around with a glass of gin in hand.  Eileen Cooper, one of my favourite artists, was the chief curator for the show this year.  And as usual lots of colourful and interesting works on the walls.  My favourite – number 910 Watching by Wendy Freestone – it is one of the photos, bit too pricey for me at £4,950!  However, I did come away having put a deposit down on a Cathy Pilkington print after a couple of years saying I would (not in the photos).  This felt like the year.

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Abstract Expressionism is the latest exhibition at the RA and quite a show it is too.  Therimg_0823e are 160+ pieces of art spanning a 40 year period.  For the first time in 50 years the rooms take in Gorky, Pollock, Still, Tobey, de Kooning and Rothko amongst many others.  And that was the problem for me, many others.  There are huge canvases and lots of paint and you can get lost in some of them, the Rothko’s and Pollock’s – reviews have all highlighted Pollock’s Blue Poles as a stand out piece and it really is quite mesmerising.  But less is more and I would have liked more of some of the artists and less of the others.  Rooms 8, 9, 10 and 12 had too many artists in them with too few paintings by any one individual and this is where the exhibition lost me.    However, seeing all these artists brought together under one roof is still pretty impressive and it may not happen again for a long time so go along and see it before January.

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Summer Show at the Royal Academy of Arts great as ever.  Walls packed with paintings and prints with interesting sculpture and architecture rooms.  We also visited the RA student show which was really interesting.  Summer Show had enough Cathie Pilkington, Eileen Cooper and Paula Rego to keep my happy and some intriguing sculptures.  Go see before it shuts in August.

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More lights following on from the Hayward last week.  Mariko Mori’s Rebirth exhibition starts with a dark room with a huge eerie but beautiful light with shadows moving across it.  Other highlights include delicate drawings with glitter pens; my favourite, a stone circle where the stones are like huge Mathmos lights alternating in colour and a beautiful moonstone circle with a waterfall screen behind it. Walk out of the door into to Burlington Gardens and take a look at the sign for the birthplace of Penguin Books – walked by that building many a time over the years but never noticed the sign before.

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