On the 27th October I went up to London and spent the day at Tate Modern. I saw the Georgia O’Keeffe and Bhupen Khakhar exhibitions, as well as some of the other free rooms and exhibitions. The aim of going to these exhibitions was to decide on who to write my critical studies essay on.
My first attitude to the O’Keeffe exhibition before going was to be open minded, but I wasn’t entirely convinced that I would particularly enjoy and understand it. I was correct! I did appreciate some of the pieces I saw and I respect her life and existence as an artist, but unfortunately I didn’t feel a connection or properly understand the exhibit. I did take notes about what I did enjoy, particularly her more abstract and surreal paintings:
My Last Door 1945, Sky Above Clouds 1963, From The Faraway, Nearby 1937
The second main exhibition that I visited was Bhupen Khakhar. I really super duper fun times enjoyed this exhibition! I thought his artistic style and choice of subjects were fab. His ability to present narrative through his unique awkward and expressive style really got my attention. Especially his ‘Trade Paintings’ which are depictions of ordinary men that he encountered during everyday life in Baroda.
A few of his paintings:
I cant find that many good quality images of the pieces I particularly liked online, but I did buy the exhibition book and so can scan images from that.
While at the gallery, I also went into the room presenting Mark Rothko’s work. I have heard and researched about the room and himself as an artist, and subsequently am very happy that I have seen and experienced it for myself. I am quite a fan of Rothko, and to sit in the room and be confronted by the desolate but warm atmosphere created by the presence of his paintings was enjoyable. I also saw the Louise Bourgeois exhibition, anther great artist who I had the pleasure of seeing, and was able to photograph:
All in all, I am very glad I went as I have discovered a new artist and now know who I will be writing my essay about, I got to see works by artists discussed above, as well as many others in the other rooms such as: Pollock, Dali, Miró, Picasso, Giacometti and many more. Also, I am glad that I went to the O’Keeffe exhibit, even though I didn’t completely feel it. But I am sad that the cafe is extremely over priced, but the salad was top notch so maybe it wasn’t?