WCA Tate Modern July 2014



Louise Bourgeois: Works on Paper


Tate have done a very though job detailing this excellent exhibition.







THE FAMILY, 2008 Gouache on paper,


THE STRETCH, 2006 Etching on paper

Robert Mapplethorpe: Artists Room



I’ve never really got Mapplethorpe, so I tried again. I do like his portrait of one my literary heroes William Burroughs.

Tate describes this image: “By 1980, when this photograph was taken, Burroughs was a countercultural giant. Mapplethorpe portrays him as a secular saint in prayer. Almost half the composition is taken up by Burroughs’s dark jacket, which thereby throws into sharp relief his head and clasped hands.”William Burroughs 1980 by Robert Mapplethorpe 1946-1989

I am not sure I agree the interpretation Burroughs is praying (or ever did). He looks melancholic with a heavy load pushing down on this bent shoulders and elbow resting on his thighs.

Every time I come to Tate Modern Like to look at the Francis Bacon painting and Alberto Giacometti. Which I did, but I also spent quite a lot of time looking at abstract impressions of water in oil paintings by Turner, Nolde and Kandinsky.



Seated Figure 1961 by Francis Bacon 1909-1992

Francis BaconSeated Figure 1961

Seated Man 1949 by Alberto Giacometti 1901-1966

Alberto Giacometti Seated Man 1949

Yacht Approaching the Coast c.1840-5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

Joseph Mallord William Turner Yacht Approaching the Coast c.1840–5



Emil NoldeThe Sea B 1930



Lake Starnberg 1908 by Wassily Kandinsky 1866-1944

Wassily Kandinsky Lake Starnberg 1908


I have had several suggestion there are element of cubism in my work so I studied Tate’s work by the cubist master Pablo Picasso.

Bust of a Woman 1909 by Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman 1909


Seated Nude 1909-10 by Pablo Picasso 1881-1973

Pablo Picasso Seated Nude 1909–10


Finally there was an interesting video work by Omer Fast called Transformed Visions.


Outside you can the the progress on the building.



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