Transmitting Andy Warhol – Tate Liverpool.

If ever there was an artist for the globalized age of mass media, technology and excess, it would be Andy Warhol.  With a new exhibition at Tate Liverpool of his work (the first of its kind in the north of England), it becomes clear that the artist was so unprecedentedly ahead of the times and the fashions, that his work seems born of ironic pathos.  … Continue reading Transmitting Andy Warhol – Tate Liverpool.

Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Looking at an amalgamation of political ideas can be disorientating at the best of times. Trying to encompass a whole, global set of standard ideologies is ambitious but dizzyingly incomprehensible for one singular gallery space. Art Turning Left at Tate Liverpool aims to look at the, often naively inversed, relationship between the effects of left-wing ideologies on the practice and reception of artists of all … Continue reading Art Turning Left – How Values Changed Making 1789-2013 (Tate Liverpool).

Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.

There are few artists that sum up the monumental changes and events of the last century quite as succinctly as Marc Chagall. There have of course been artists to define events and define eras but Chagall’s consistency and unprecedented long life (living to the astronomical age for an artist of the era of 98) seem to lend him a certain advantage, especially in showing the … Continue reading Chagall, Modern Master – Tate Liverpool.

Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

Feel the giddy heights of creative excess.  Something that is completely impermeable as a concept becomes physically tangible, visual and audible in Tate’s latest exhibition; the boundaries of taste and of reserve hiding quietly in the corner where they belong while Bowie and Bolan take the centre of stage.  All mediums, forms and ideas are merged into one, not to express a basic theme as … Continue reading Glam! The Performance Of Style (Tate Liverpool)

Tracing the Century – Tate Liverpool.

Drawing is perhaps the most universal of art forms.  With its tools being the most easily available and not restricted by price or practice, it seems to be the most welcoming and inviting of mediums.  With this in mind, it perhaps also explains why drawing often leads to some of the most interesting, subversive works and why it can change so much in contemporary art.  … Continue reading Tracing the Century – Tate Liverpool.

Thresholds – Tate Liverpool (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Housed in the second floor of Tate Liverpool, Thresholds is just one of their projects in line with this year’s Liverpool Biennial.  The exhibition shows off the latest pieces out of Tate’s vault but also is a quirky collection of pieces that tie in with theme of The Unexpected Guest and hospitality.  Just under twenty artists’ work is showcased ranging from just about every conceivable … Continue reading Thresholds – Tate Liverpool (Liverpool Biennial 2012)

Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings (Tate Liverpool)

The aging process currently seems to be a recurrent theme throughout the Tate gallery in Albert Dock. Even outside the new Turner Monet Twombly exhibit, the acceptance and emotional resonance around coming to terms with older age and death is present in many of the works by various artists throughout different mediums and eras. Of course this isn’t the only connecting factor of the artists … Continue reading Turner Monet Twombly: Later Paintings (Tate Liverpool)

DLA Piper Series Curated by Marianne Faithfull – Tate Liverpool

Evocation of an era can be a tricky ideal to achieve in a gallery space. With the potential for works to repeat themselves and end up stale, trying to define a time and perhaps even a place through curation seems like a monumental balancing act to achieve. The new DLA Piper Series; Innocence and Experience proves this is a  positive possibility and the exhibition drips with a … Continue reading DLA Piper Series Curated by Marianne Faithfull – Tate Liverpool

Indestructible Object (Man Ray) – Tate Liverpool.

Man Ray is one the oddest figures to ever appear in the world of art.  His work seems so inconsistent with itself that each piece of his could be by a different artist altogether.  His name carries weight though and his role in the direction of art during the 20th century is key to the development of what we now call contemporary art. With the new Marianne … Continue reading Indestructible Object (Man Ray) – Tate Liverpool.

Artist Rooms: Martin Creed – Tate Liverpool

Martin Creed may not currently be a name familiar (unlike his most famous work) but by the time his latest Artist Rooms exhibition at Tate Liverpool has had time to settle, the association with infamy and the grotesque will probably be firmly cemented into the psyche of the people of Liverpool. Creed was born in 1968 in Wakefield and studied at the Slade School of … Continue reading Artist Rooms: Martin Creed – Tate Liverpool