Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Tate Modern

After eating lunch in the park, we caught the tube to the London Bridge station, and then began walking west in search of the Tate Modern. We walked along the Thames, and it was crowded! I think we were by the wine street, because there were tons of wine shops! Also, we passed Shakespeare’s Globe Theater! It looked really neat, and I kind of wish we could go. But no time! Ya!

So after about a 15 minute walk, we found the Tate! It’s big. And it’s under construction right now. Well, part of it is. So we had to enter from the backside, which was fine. Did I mention they have three gift shops? The main hall was the part that was being renovated, which kind of stinks, since that's the coolest part of the building! The galleries that they had open were small, but still interesting. There was a surrealist exhibit that was pretty trippy, and then this beautiful gallery of modernist, constructivist, and minimalist art that Heather and I both really liked.

These are the pieces I liked enough to pull out my phone and snap a picture of:

The Three Dancers, Pablo Picasso

Untitled, Gego

Composition with Yellow, Blue and Red,  Piet Mondrian

“I want to come as close as possible to the truth, and abstract everything from that until I reach the foundation of things.”
—Piet Mondrian

'monument' for V Tatlin, Dan Flavin

Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, Piet Mondrian
Composition, Bart van der Leck

Untitled, Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian

Orange Relief with Green, Ellsworth Kelly

Black Square with Blue, Ellsworth Kelly

Study for Homage to the Square, Josef Albers

Heather and I both took 2-D Design many moons ago, and studied
Albers' color studies. Amazing experience to see them in real life. 

Untitled (Bacchus), Cy Twombly


From Surface to Surface, Susumu Koshimizu

Other favorites include:

White Curve, Ellsworth Kelly

“I think that if you can turn off the mind and look only with the eyes, ultimately everything becomes abstract.”
—Ellsworth Kelly

Man with a Newspaper, René Magritte

Trip Hammer, Richard Serra

Grey, Gerhard Richter

“Grey is the epitome of non-statement. It does not trigger off feelings or associations, it is actually neither visible nor invisible... Like no other colour it is suitable for illustrating ‘nothing.’ ”
—Gerhard Richter

Untitled, Donald Judd
I can't believe I got to see two Judd pieces! This one was
particularly beautiful.

Counter-Composition VI, Theo van Doesburg
One of the De Stijl movement founders.

And so many more!

My notes from the exhibit. We moved through pretty fast so my
notes are scattered. Mostly it's just names of artists so I can look
them up on the Tate Modern's website later!

I'll be back to update this post. Later.
Tate's website here

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