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.”
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.
Francis BaconSeated Figure 1961
Alberto Giacometti Seated Man 1949
Joseph Mallord William Turner Yacht Approaching the Coast c.1840–5
Emil NoldeThe Sea B 1930
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.
Pablo Picasso Bust of a Woman 1909
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.