I made some art in honour of the Westfield Shopping Centre in Shepherds Bush, which is where I go and get lunch several times a week, on a scrap of paper: it’s called Westfield Shepherds Bush.
As the Damien Hirst Exhibition at Tate Modern was in its final week I thought I’d better get round to booking some tickets for Friday Evening. I’ve got mixed feelings about Damien Hirst so I was looking forward to seeing this show and to maybe re-evaluate my opinion of his work but I felt much the same when I left as I did when I went in.
Visited Tate Modern at the weekend to see the Gerhard Richter show before it closes next weekend. Although I’ve seen many of his paintings over the years this was the first time I’ve seen anything approaching the scale of a retrospective.
I can’t believe it was my first ever visit to the Dulwich Picture Gallery, especially as I live a short distance away, but I went to see ‘Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters’ yesterday. It’s a lovely gallery and I really enjoyed seeing the Cy Twombly pictures in the show, the last exhibition of his work before his recent death.
They also have a stunning Rembrandt, I’m always surprised by how good Rembrandt is whenever I see his work.
Lucian Freud was a remarkable painter, truly astonishing, so I’m very sad to hear about his death last week.
Very saddened to read about the death of the artist Cy Twombly, a painter whose work I really admire.
Really looking forward to seeing this show, I’ve seen some amazing examples of his work in galleries all over the place in recent years, there were some great ones from a series called Bacchus at Tate Modern last time I was there.
Lets face it, travelling by plane a largely rubbish, something to suffer entirely because of what the journey brings. Although I’ve been fortunate enough to travel on those seats that turn into beds in business class courtesy of an upgrade the overwhelming experience of flying is shit, especially if you have to use Gatwick or Heathrow airports which I do frequently.
Thought that this was a really interesting documentary, fascinating to see the techniques used. Having worked with gold leaf in the past it reminded me how magical some of these antiquated processes are.
London 2012 organisers have unveiled cartoon animations named Wenlock and Mandeville as the mascots for the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Focus groups of children and families helped form the designs and children’s author Michael Morpurgo added a story concept for an animated series.
“We’ve created our mascots for children,” said Locog chair Lord Coe.
“They will connect young people with sport, and tell the story of our proud Olympic and Paralympic history.”
The characters are named after the village of Much Wenlock in Shropshire – which hosted a precursor to the modern Olympic Games in the 19th Century – and the birthplace of the Paralympic Games, Stoke Mandeville hospital in Buckinghamshire.
Mascots often seem like a lame side-thought to me, created for the purposes of selling tacky merchandise. However I do quite like these ones, especially the concept behind them and the idea of having a story behind their existence.