The American Dream

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Currently being analysed, dissected and put on display at the British Museum in their fantastic exhibition of post-war art, from pop art to minimalism to photo-realism, and from the AIDS epidemic to artists dealing with feminist and racial issues.

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There were a few nods to Liechtenstein, Warhol and Wayne Thiebaud, but a lot of this art will be new to UK viewers, and that’s great too.

All photos my own.

Paolozzi

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I feel I ought to go and see this Eduardo Paolozzi show at the Whitechapel Gallery – it would be like eating a bright bowl of kale (not as bad as you fear, and surprisingly energising) – and I do really want to know more about the artist whose Tottenham Court Road mosaics I’m getting increasingly fond of. But…

It’s the last weekend and I haven’t got there yet, which tells you a lot, especially as I’ve been seeing lots of art recently, like this and this. Something tells me I’m not getting there.

 

Watercolours

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A few weeks ago, I went to a fantastic free exhibition at The British Museum taken from their prints and drawings collection. It covers 150 years from Cotman and Turner to Sutherland and Rothenstein and all styles from nature studies and travel art to war studies.

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The real delight was seeing artists I’d never discovered before. From top to bottom: Joseph Brett / John Singer Sargent / Hercules Brabazon Brabazon (best name ever?!) / CW Nevison / Edward Wandsworth / Michael Rothenstein / Anna Airy / Joseph Pennell / James McBey / Elizabeth Forbes

House of Illustration

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I really love the Kings Cross redevelopment, especially as I recently got to visit it on a sunny and warm spring day that really reminded me that the year had turned from winter now.

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One part of it is the House of Illustration, which of course has a beautifully illustrated map on its website to help you find it, and also houses this iPad piece by Linda Kitson.

Deineka

One of the many artists I discovered at the Revolution! exhibition currently on at the RA.

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Deineka produced art that lauded the new, mechanised age, whilst also critiquing it. One cotton factory is shown as a pure white paradise of calm and efficiency, staffed by blonde women and scarily gaunt, robotic young boys, whilst a cow wanders by on the dirt track outside.

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This image from the civil war, showing workers replacing soldiers, is similarly bleak, but later works were more carefully triumphalist and anodyne.

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Revolution!

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Seeing this a few weeks ago was an eye-opening experience. I’d go again soo , despite the queues. And how clever of the RA to recreate the cultural appropriation by the Bolsheviks by covering over the Angelica Kauffman roundels in the entrance hall and replacing them with Constructivist imagery. Thank you Becca for taking me and being guide.

photos March 2017.

Science Museum

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A tale of two halves: encoding and aerodynamics.

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Science Museum, January 2017. The second set of shots are from the incredible Zaha Hadid dedign for the new Winston Gallery of mathematics. The structure displays the flow of wind around a plane’s wings.

Surprise

 

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Much to my surprise I really enjoyed the David Hockney portraits at the RA this summer. The uniform size and format, and the hot colours, gave a pleasing cohesiveness to the collection – a sense of being welcomed into a club. Perfect intensity of colour and effort for a late summer heatwave or early autumn evening.

image from the BBC.