We went yesterday to the just-opened Frank Bowling exhibition at Tate Britain. It is fantastic. This is him in his studio. His paintings are so full of colour and life. The audio commentary that you can hire for a few £s has him talking about some of the paintings as well as the curator of the exhibition, which was fascinating too. I can’t recommend it highly enough. You need to set aside an hour to an hour and a half I reckon. We saw the blockbuster Van Gogh exhibition on the same day, but to be honest I was more taken with Frank Bowling.
Yes @davidhendon - good exhibition. Although I understand that Bowling is not entirely happy with it as the curators have taken a strictly chronological approach, and have emphasised his racial identity, rather than his use of light and form, which is what he wanted showcased.
It closed today, but the Royal Academy’s The Renaissance Nude was a superlative survey. The catalogue is very good too. The RA has been on a bit of a roll over the past few years and there are more blockbusters to come.
They have taken a chronological approach to Frank Bowling, but mainly I suspect because his style and technique changed radically with time. I didn’t think his racial identity was a big deal, but he must know what he thinks. In any case the paintings are wonderful.
I thought the Renaissance Nude was a missed opportunity, personally. A small scale exhibition on a big theme. OK so far as it went, but it could have been so much more.
And I should like to see Dorothea Tanning but I think the closing date will beat me unfortunately.
Anyway we are lucky in London with lots to choose from!
For Northern visitors the Abbot Hall Gallery in Kendal is small but often has excellent works. It has a small rotating collection of largely British 20thC art and sculpture but also 3-4 exhibitions a year that are usually well curated and varied.
The current summer show is Ruskin/Turner which is unusual for them in being a more typical romantic/Lakeland collection and not really my things but it is still worth a trip.
Anyone in North Yorkshire, the glass makers Gillies Jones have an exhibition of their latest works in their studio in Rosedale Abbey until 30th June. Some lovely large display plates, three sphere shapes and some large bowls. All superb pieces of cameo glass beautifully engraved, my favourite piece was the sphere below, about 20cm across.
This is one of the winning photos from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London. There is lots of stunning photography here but the exhibition only has another ten days or so to run…