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!


Liverpool Biennial August 2014 Part One


To visit 10 exhibits linked to the Liverpool BiennialBiennial Map - Copy

Getting Started

Success for any trip is a good hotel. Stayed at Z Hotel on North John Street. Room was comfy, staffentrance were friendly and there was complimentary wine and cheese in the evening. It was rude to refuse!


First Stop: The Old Blind School  liverpool-biennial-2014-30    “Inevitably, rules get broken, and bits of behaviour are combined with bits of misbehaviour.”

There was one piece here that caught my eye: Marc Bauer. His work, Quarry 1907 took an entire wall. This is just the middle section.10561805_634686503305335_525816019795275061_n

The building itself was the main attraction: 10592869_634686703305315_155314640967698547_n


Two. The Blue Coat – James MacNeill Whistler10556347_634687196638599_7339739491995315068_n

“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.”

Three. Tate Liverpool – Claude Parentdsc9777-50cm

“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:

Voyages of the Moon 1934-7 by Paul Nash 1889-1946

Sleeping Venus 1944 by Paul Delvaux 1897-1994




Interior, Sunlight on the Floor 1906 by Vilhelm Hammershoi 1864-1916

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