“More than 100 years after his death, Whistler takes part in A Needle Walks into a Haystack because his attitude, motivations and commitment are as resonant now as they ever were. Whistler spoke for himself, and to continue his legacy we’ve summoned his thoughts and writings to guide you through the show.”
“Claude Parent (FR) is one of the most radical figures of French avant-garde architecture, and La colline de l’art (Art Hill) is the latest demonstration of the oblique function — a principle of architecture he developed in the 1960s with theorist Paul Virilio. Defying convention, the idea proposes that buildings incorporate ramps and slopes, avoid right angles and be wall-free where possible. Within such constructions, bodies behave in new and unusual ways that heighten the senses as well as reshape interpersonal dynamics and hierarchies.”
Two pieces stood out:
Sleeping Venus 1944 by Paul Delvaux 1897-1994
Four. Tate Liverpool – Works from the collection
This was the standout piece for me:
The canvas is folded back on either side and there is a figure in black there that we can no longer see.
Five. Liverpool Cathedral – Michael Nyman Broadcast of Symphony No. 11: Hillsborough Memorial
A beautiful piece of music in an ideal setting.
Six: The evening’s entertainment was at FACT to see Richard Linklater’s Boyhood. A brilliant film shot over twelve years with the same actors. A fascinating exploration of what growing up really entails.
End of day one