Ernst, Miro, Tate Liverpool and a slice of cake

That is a title that has never been used before!!  Tate Membership means I skip between London and Liverpool...a lot, so I get my money's worth. First tip is to have the chocolate and orange mousse cake in Tate Liverpool with 10% off. That put me in the mood for a fun day with Haring, … Continue reading Ernst, Miro, Tate Liverpool and a slice of cake

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Entrapment and escape in the works of Leonora Carrington

When we consider ‘escape’ as a concept, the definition that it is to “break free from confinement or control” is usually associated with the desire to leave a situation; to move into a world more suited to our needs or our personality.  Art and literature are full of examples of “escape” and all begin with … Continue reading Entrapment and escape in the works of Leonora Carrington

The blurry world of Dorothea Tanning

March struck and I was determined to do a little bit of travelling after Paris in January and New York last month, so London seemed an obvious decision with the temptation of a little surrealism with Dorothea Tanning. Being a girl, like to look my best but managed to stick my mascara brush in my … Continue reading The blurry world of Dorothea Tanning

Dudmaston Hall – a surprise in Shropshire

Summer in the UK will usually mean a visit to a National Trust property; house and garden ticket and fudge in the shop, tea and cake a must! However, a surprise was awaiting at Dudmaston Hall in Bridgnorth: modern art as collected by one of the previous owners. Sir George Labouchere's travels in the diplomatic … Continue reading Dudmaston Hall – a surprise in Shropshire

Surreal it is, surreal it ain’t

I have just finished the book, ‘Surreal Lovers: Eight Women Integral to the Life of Max Ernst’ by Margaret Hooks and discovered that the man was somewhat detestable when it came to the women in his life!  The book is an excellent read and I really recommend it!!   Knowing about the lives of the artists … Continue reading Surreal it is, surreal it ain’t

Surrealism – a little background

Two forms of using the unconscious to create art became the bedrock of surrealism: Automatism and Oneiric, or dream-like. Surrealism began with the automatic and the likes of Max Ernst, Andre Masson and Joan Miro all used collage, frottage and grattage as ways of creating patterns and forms turned into something unworldly. Ernst explored the … Continue reading Surrealism – a little background

Surreal Encounters at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Spent a day at the two parts of the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh.  Gallery Two wasn't to my liking but the permanent collection over in Gallery One is superb and I'm bound to have a post about that soon.  However, this trip had been made to go and see this exhibition which … Continue reading Surreal Encounters at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Rather than do the traditional sightseeing in Venice, I made a beeline for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and how happy I am with that decision. http://www.guggenheim-venice.it/inglese/default.html Here are some of my favourite pieces: Max Ernst Picasso - On the Beach Giacometti -Piazza and Woman Walking Miro    

Let’s hear it for the girls 2: Leonora Carrington

Leonora Carrington is a fascinating creature in so many ways - when reading her story, she is a woman out of time.  Not willing to conform, Leonora's early life was beset with problems but through it all, her art was the one constant that drove her to break free from the shackles that society was … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the girls 2: Leonora Carrington