Damien Hirst at Tate Modern

In and Out of Love by Damien Hirst

In and Out of Love installation at tate Modern

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.
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Twombly and Poussin

Hero and Leandro by Cy Twombly

Hero and Leandro

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.

Cy Twombly RIP

Rose Painting

Cy Twombly Rose

Very saddened to read about the death of the artist Cy Twombly, a painter whose work I really admire.

His death comes just as a show including his work, Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters, opens at the The Dulwich Picture Gallery which is local to me.

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.

The Future of Flying

Airbus concept plane

Exterior of a concept cabin

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.
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London 2012 Mascots Unveiled

London 2012 Olympic Mascots

Olympic Mascots Wenlock and Mandeville

London 2012 unveils Games mascots Wenlock & Mandeville

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.