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.
Self Portrait by Lucian Freud
Lucian Freud was a remarkable painter, truly astonishing, so I’m very sad to hear about his death last week.
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.
184th Street by José Parlá
Just got my José Parlá 184th Street print back from Simon Beaugie picture framers and have now hung it.
One Eighty Fourth Street by José Parlá
Bought some art at the weekend, it’s a print by José Parlá entitled One Eighty Fourth Street. The print is one of three new works published by Elms Lesters Painting Rooms, found it difficult to choose between this print and another, St. Giles. This image is from the show, it’s a bit grainy as it was only taken on my phone.
Just need to get it framed and hung, can’t wait to see it on my wall.
Sculpture by Eduardo Chillida
Just back from Spain where I saw a lot of really great artwork. One of the highlights was probably my visit to the Museo Chillida-Leku near Donostia-San Sebastian in northern Spain which house artwork by the Basque artist Eduardo Chillida. There’s a massive outdoor sculpture park with some fine examples of his work, as well as a converted farmhouse with some smaller scale works including works on paper and some using felt.
I also visited the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao where I saw a brilliant show “I Want to Believe” by the Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang. I also picked up a great Cy Twombly book.
Adaptation/Translation – Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
I went to see Adaptation/Translation, an exhibition of work by the Brooklyn based artist José Parlá at the Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in Flitcroft Street, London last night. For anyone who has never been to the building, it is an amazing space. Aside from the gallery space itself, there are two huge scenic painting rooms with massive motorised stretchers, which can be used to paint large scale theatre back-drops. I think the largest stretcher is around 20 square metres. I was lucky enough to do work experience there many years ago as the gallery owner, Paul Jones, is an old friend of my father.
What a great subject for a first proper post, Francis Bacon. I went to his show at Tate Britain at the weekend. His work was a big influence on me when I was at art school and I was really interested to see a show of his work on this scale. I was enormously impressed, although it’s pretty obvious he could make very powerful images, I’d forgotten what a good painter he was.
The image is one of the panels from the second version of the triptych Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, painted in 1988.
The show runs until the 4th January 2009.