Exhibitions and plays
I have been catching up with what’s been on in London in the past year and the following have made lasting impressions.
Alexander Calder at Tate Modern…………..a genius engineer/designer/artist/sculptor……….Fabulously curated exhibition.
History of Nothing at the White Cube in Bermondsey, curated by Hannah Gruy. This group show, largely of installations, is an abstract homage to anti consumerism in the modern world.
Delacroix and the origin of modern painting. This largely for the last painting in the exhibition…………..a Kandinsky “Study for Innovation V” painted in 1910. The exhibition took one on the journey that ended where Kandinsky began.
Modern British Abstract Art at Waterhouse and Dodd; a survey of some of the main artists of the last 50+ years.
I did not like the Ai Wei Wei as I think he has become the story rather than his art and his hypocricy shows through all too evidentially.
I also liked the Morandi at the Estorick, Hoyland at Damien Hirst’s and the Giorgione at the RA
I saw two outstanding pieces of drama in the winter, among many others,…A Girl is a Half Formed Thing at the Young Vic. A dramatic, one person tour de force written by Eimear McBride and acted by Aoire Duffin. See it where ever you can but don’t read the book first…….it won’t mean anything, the play’s the thing.
The second piece was Simon McBirney’s masterpeice for Complicite at the Barbican…… The Encounter. A true story using every one of our senses and some very hi tech to capture you…………Amazing.
I am looking forward to the British Abstract show at Tate Modern soon and the Botticelli at the V and A.