Three exhibitions in as many hours is uplifting and very tiring, thrilling and inspiring. If you don’t live near these exhibitions you have to suck it up, exhaust yourself and wallow in the pleasure of it all. You can rest when you get home.
Gauguin and Schjerfbeck offer colours to reflect their surroundings, age and mood and interesting compositions. I was moved by Gauguin’s portraits (sin) of omission, and Schjerfbeck’s slowly aging self portrait series. Antony Gormley thrills with space and tension, through time. Plus drawings, drawings drawings – even the sculpture draws.
Helene Schjerfbeck, RA until 27th October
Antony Gormley, RA until 3rd December
Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery, until 26th January, 2020
A holiday weekend in New York means the culture vultures are out in force
At every turn there are pieces to make you smile, or gasp in wonder. Amongst almost endless works that are so well known they are made into tea towels, t-shirts and playing cards, there are surprising things that catch the eye.
I set the alarm off trying to move around this piece to get more photographs.
I am always a sucker for patterns and this work by Philip Pearlstein ticks every box.
The Young Gallery and John Creasey Museum, Salisbury
Upstairs in the library in Salisbury are three gallery spaces with a collection of modern and contemporary works. Many are drawings, etchings and prints with some exciting paintings thrown in too.
The curator, Peter Riley, has a particular interest in mark making so there are some unusual and pleasing choices from well known artists such as Euan Uglow, Paula Rego, Keith Vaughan, John Bellany and others.
The galleries are well worth a look with new exhibitions planned for later in the year. Combine the outing with a morning at Roche Court for a rewarding day.
In works by Matisse, Manet, Chagall, Renoir, Degas, Léger and Picasso, this ground-breaking exhibition tells one of the most compelling stories in the history of art – the rise of modernism.
From 1800 to the mid-twentieth century, this story was played out in France, especially in Paris where international artists were drawn by salons and dealers, the creative exchange between poets and painters and the bohemian atmosphere of such places as Montmartre and Montparnasse.
With over 100 works from a private collection that has never been seen in Britain before, the exhibition plots a course from Romantic artists such as Ingres, Gericault and Delacroix via the dramatic artistic transformations of Van Gogh and Cézanne, to the radical experiments in Cubism by innovators such as Picasso and Braque.
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£5 12-17 years & Art Fund Members
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