British writer, Christopher Isherwood wrote The Berlin Stories, set in 1930s Berlin detailing the lives of a disparate group of people all connected by the seedy boarding house in which they reside. Later, the book was adapted into a play, a stage musical and is most famously known as the film version, Cabaret. The book … Continue reading Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany aka sex, death and decadence
https://www.apollo-magazine.com/art-diary/magic-realism-art-in-weimar-germany-1919-33/ Brüderstrasse (Free Room) (detail; 1930), Jeanne Mammen. © DACS, 2018 And another one for my London trip!!
At the Picasso exhibition yesterday, there were a series of paintings that the catalogue mentioned as being like the myth of Pygmalion, where Picasso gradually brought Marie-Thérèse to life in art from sculpture to real woman. The mythical story goes like this: The Story of Pygmalion and Galatea Pygmalion was a sculptor par excellence, a … Continue reading “If you gods can give all things, may I have as my wife, I pray… one like the ivory maiden.” Picasso and the myth of Pygmalion
Love the fact I am a Tate Member so I can rock up and slip straight into something as deliciously sensuous and seductive as the new Picasso exhibition, Picasso 1932:Love Fame Tragedy. With works specifically from a tumultuous year in the life of the artist, you cannot fail to be stopped in your tracks by … Continue reading Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern
The Naked Truth: Modigliani at Tate Modern What Walde said!! Sublime - the review that is...but the exhibition is a bit of alright as well!
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2017/nov/13/banned-by-the-police-the-true-stories-behind-modiglianis-langourous-nudes Informative article on the exhibition at Tate Modern. Genuinely love Modigliani's nudes, it must be confessed!
Having visited the mammoth retrospective at Tate Modern of Georgia O'Keeffe, I could wax lyrical about her flower paintings and argue whether or not she was exploring the female form a la Freud: Or, I could describe the majestic beauty of the New Mexican landscapes she knew and understood: But I won't, as there was … Continue reading Georgia O’Keeffe City Lights
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/jul/01/georgia-okeeffe-tate-modern-exhibition-wild-beauty Thought I'd share this article on O'Keeffe - can't wait to see this exhibition!!
There is an article in today's Observer by Jonathan Jones which reminded me of the trip I made at Easter to look at the permanent collections. http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2015/may/10/tate-modern-at-15-shock-of-the-new-art Jones asks "Why are the permanent collection galleries still so aggressively anti-chronological?" and I think I know why. He bemoans the fact that you learn nothing, but what … Continue reading Tate Modern -Permanent Collections