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Sunday, 23 August 2015
I was at a mini music festival not too long ago and as I was walking through the maze of rooms, this screen caught my eye. The screen, entitled 'Blue and Silver: Screen with Old Battersea Bridge' (1871-1872) is by the American-born, British-based artist James Whistler.
The colours caught my eye at first, it has a real dreamlike quality. It's made from distemper and gold paint on brown paper laid on canvas stretched on the back of silk.
This is the man himself, photographed in his Paris studio with the screen in the background. I think I need this for my future dream house.
An interesting fact about Whistler is that he sued an art critic who accused him of metaphorically "flinging a pot of paint in the face of the public"!
Sunday, 14 September 2014
It's definitely time for a little update on my life. Firstly, I went to watch a music video being shot and managed to take some photos. I will upload all of them in another post but for now, here's one of me wearing a headpiece from the carnival in Rio! It was like a jewelled eagle - so beautiful. I want one of my own!
I also went to see Sean Ono Lennon perform with his band 'The Goast of a Saber Tooth Tiger'. I really didn't know what to expect - would he be talented in his own right or is his band getting publicity purely because of who his parents are? As soon as he came on stage, it felt surreal - he looked and sounded very much like his dad, John Lennon, as well as having his stage presence. He was really funny and down to earth, cracking a few jokes about his band name and how all the good names had been taken, like 'The Backstreet Boys'. His great sense of humour definitely comes from his scouse genes! He also had Yoko's traits, including her dance moves. His voice was truly incredible, his style and presence oozed coolness - not surprising really, but I was pleased at how talented he is in his own right and how he deserves to do well. I'd love to see him perform again. Here's a pic I took and a little video below of the song 'Animals' - it's a shame instagram only allow 15 second videos!
Thursday, 21 August 2014
A friend asked me to go along to the Tate and view their latest exhibition on the Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. If I'm being honest, I didn't particularly want to go as I'm not a huge fan of his work but I convinced myself that I was being a little narrow minded and couldn't have an informed opinion unless I went to see it in the flesh.
As I walked in, to the left of the exhibition, I was met by a window looking into a life-size reconstruction of Mondrian's Paris studio. This was my favourite part.
Mondrian believed that an artist's studio should be a reflection of his current work which leads the development of contemporary art. He thought that an artist could not develop if their studio was 'a museum of ancient art'. I've got to give it to the man, I respect the dedication he had to his work, allowing his art to seep into every aspect of his life.
One thing I realised as I was wandering through the Tate was that although I may not be a huge fan of his art, it's certainly iconic; one of his pieces only has to appear on the TV or internet for a couple of seconds and it's instantly recognisable. It's unique.
The piece above is called 'Composition with red, yellow and blue.' (Apologies about the blurriness, I moved as I was taking it)
I felt that once I'd seen a few of the paintings in the style of the above, it became very repetitive as they were all so similar.
I'm glad I went to the exhibition and I do have a new found respect for Mondrian and the style he created, however it didn't fascinate me and I wouldn't rush back for another look!
I'd love to hear your thoughts about Mondrian's work.