Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part Two

Started early the next day with a trip out to Port Sunlight and the Lady Lever Art Gallery to spend a little time with dear Gabriel:

Seven: Rossetti’s Obsession: Images of Jane Morris’   dante_gabriel_rossetti_1_proserpine


…explores the role of Jane Morris as Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s chief muse and the embodiment of Pre-Raphaelite beauty. This exhibition brings together rarely displayed works, focusing on Rossetti’s fixation with Morris and his depiction of her as the ultimate femme-fatale. More than 30 paintings, drawings and photographs of Morris, including a number which were used as studies for some of Rossetti’s most famous works, feature in the exhibition.

The exhibition includes the studies ‘Pandora’ (1878), ‘La Donna della Finestra’ (1870) and ‘La Donna della Fiamma’ (1870) from this period but it is the painting ‘Proserpine’ (1882) which had the deepest resonance with the couple.

Eight: Walker Art Gallery – John Moore’s Painting Prize

Back into Liverpool to take a look at this year’s award winners. Mandy Payne’s ‘Brutal’ was my favourite but, the one I liked least, by Rose Wylie was the eventual winner – what do I know?   payne wylie



Nine: Tour of the Edmund Gardner

This was such fun.  Got to go all over the ship which had been ‘dazzled’ by Carlos Cruz-Diez who also put in some rather fantastidazzle-ship-edmund-gardner - Copyc paving across the way from Albert Docks.  2014-08-06 14.14.54



walmer-castle “The commission transforms the historic pilot ship the Edmund Gardner into a ‘dazzle ship’, using a painting technique introduced as a way of camouflaging ships during the First World War. Dazzle’s contrasting stripes and curves create an optical illusion that break up a ship’s shape and obscure its movement in the water, making it difficult for enemy submarines to identify and destroy.
Painted in bright colours and a sharp patchwork design of interlocking shapes, the spectacular dazzle style was heavily indebted to Cubist art. The inventor of dazzle painting, Norman Wilkinson, was influenced by avant-garde British painters such as Wyndham Lewis and David Bomberg. ”

Last Stop: The Maritime Museum and the exhibition: Titanic and Liverpool: The Untold Story

So, two days, over 20 miles of walking and ten exhibits of one kind or another and I was all ‘Biennialled’ out!!  Thank goodness it’s only every two years!