Serpentine Pavilion 2017 & Italian Water Gardens

On Monday I paid a visit to the Serpentine Pavilion for 2017 by architect Francis Kéré; and I planned on seeing the Grayson Perry exhibition in the Serpentine Gallery too, but it was closed! I really liked this years pavilion; on a smallish scale compared to previous years it is a friendly and domestic space. The repeating triangular patterns in roof and walls is very effective; and apparently if it rains the cleverly sloping roof would bestow a waterfall into the middle of the structure for those inside in the dry to admire. I urge you to read more about the design on the gallery’s website.

To get to the Pavilion I entered Hyde Park through the gate near Lancaster Gate Underground Station; through which you are met with the wonderful sight of the Italian Water Gardens. This garden is 150 years old and believed to be a gift from Price Albert to Queen Victoria.

(© Catherine Cronin)

 

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The American Dream pop to the present Exhibition at the British Museum

I saw The American Dream pop to the present print exhibition at the British Museum and I highly recommend a visit especially if you are interested in print. This exhibition explores the last 60 years of American history through the printed output of great artists responding to the changing world around them. The exhibition is visually and historically dense with intelligent art. I picked up postcards of two of my favourite prints from the exhibition.

‘Pay Attention’ 1973 Bruce Nauman Litograph © Bruce Nauman/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2017. Image coutesy Mary Ryan Gallery, new York.

 

‘Dead End 2’ from Rusty Signs 2014 Ed Ruscha Mixografia print on handmade paper. © Ed Ruscha, courtesy of the artist

Christmas Markets London Dec Sat 3, Sun 4 at Horniman Museum & Sat 10 in Deptford

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I’m excited to have a stall selling my handmade linocut prints at two Christmas markets this year in December. I have 4 Christmas Card linocut designs to offer; two new designs for this year. I also have a small supply of handmade unique brooches consisting of decorative paper and colourful leather, that would make for a lovely stocking filler surprise.

I will be at the Horniman Christmas Fair on Dec Sat 3rd and Sun 4th. 10.30am-4.30pm. Address – 100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ. It is a short walk from the nearest station, Forest Hill on the orange London Overground line.

http://horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/horniman-christmas-fair

“Enjoy family art activities, shop for gifts in the arts and crafts markets, pick up your seasonal produce at the Farmers’ Market (Saturday) and enjoy mince pies, mulled wine and carol-singing on Sunday at the Bandstand.”

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I will be at SoLo Craft Fair’s Winter Wonderland at Buster Mantis on Dec Sat 10th, 11-5pm Buster Mantis, 3 Resolution Way, SE8 4NT. A 1 min walk from Deptford train station; and a short walk from Deptford Bridge DLR station.

https://www.facebook.com/events/330284977316823/

“As always SoLo Craft Fair will be finding some of the best makers and creators to make your Christmas shopping easy and enjoyable!
Grab a mulled wine or rum punch from the bar, listen to our great djs and browse our incredible stalls. There will be a free stitch and b*tch workshop running throughout the day so free feel to bring your latest knitted creation and join the group.
Christmas shopping will be made easy with an opportunity to design your own tote bag and a wrapping station for your newly purchased present at the event as well – all this just a stone’s throw away from Deptford Market. Also, free gingerbread men for all guests!”

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Linocut cards © Catherine Cronin

 

2 free exhibitions at The British Museum from September 2016

Two of my favourite free exhibtion rooms at The British Museum are Room 90 and 91. The Department of Prints and Drawings shows works from their collection through a programme of temporary exhibitions which are usually shown in Room 90. Room 91 also shows temporary exhibits which are 2D in nature.

Just opened recently are the two below exhibitions which are free, they are definitely on my to do list.

Shadow puppet theatre from Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816. The British Musuem.

Shadow puppet of the character Abiyasa, made of painted hide and horn. Java, Indonesia, 1800–1816. The British Musuem.

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper

Maggi Hambling,Sebastian in a Hermès scarf. Charcoal on paper, 2004. 1524 x 1016 mm - The British Museum

Maggi Hambling,Sebastian in a Hermès scarf. Charcoal on paper, 2004. 1524 x 1016 mm – The British Museum

Last weekend for Art Hub Print Open: 23 & 24 July 2016

Last weekend for the Art Hub Print Open exhibition at Art Hub Gallery in Deptford.

The gallery is a 15min walk from Greenwich Market, I recommend doing both! Have a look on this map https://goo.gl/maps/HHwTapfKi8z

Ever wondered what I look like? Well here I am on the private view night with my two colourful Alhambra linocuts.

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Exhibition Visit to Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Firstly to say a funny name for this exhibition, I think it gives one the impression that there will be a fair few pictures from Monet and Matisse featured in the exhibition. Lots of paintings by Monet but only two (if I remember correctly) by Matisse. Anyway I still recommend this exhibition, not just for the two aforementioned big names, but for the other artists featured of which a few I had never heard of , and for me personally had executed some of the best paintings in the show.

First up Santiago Rusiñol (1861-1931), a Catalan modernist painter. In one of the rooms his painting ‘Jardines de Aranjuez’ dominates the room with it’s fiery golden glow of receding trees,a backdrop to a single white foliaged tree standing dead centre in a grassy circle surrounded by flower beds. No internet search reproduces this image true to the intense colour as seen in the gallery. The orange glow seemed to illuminate beyond the painting itself.

Another Rusiñol painting that caught my eye is the one below ‘The Green Wall’, again the colour in the below image does not reflect the vibrancy of the original. The perspective in this image is so skillfully executed: the path is just pulling the viewer to step into this picture and explore; the path leading us downwards but the vertically rising walls enticing us up.

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You can view numerous works by Rusiñol here www.allpaintings.org/v/Art+Nouveau/Santiago+Rusinol+Prats/?g2_page=1

 

Another Spanish artist that I was impressed by was Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923), his paintings are very lively, playing with colour contrasts, light and shade, form and movement. I can’t find any images online for my favourite pictures from the exhibition. During my research I did discover that his home and garden in Madrid is now a museum to his works, and there is a fantastic virtual tour through the property:

http://museosorolla.mcu.es/visita_virtual/visita_virtual.html

 

Another artist I hadn’t come across before is Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939) a French artist, who when asked what school (of art) he belonged to, said: ‘None. But if you absolutely insist on categorising me, I am an intimist.’ The paintings below ‘Steps, Gerberoy’ and ‘Le Pavillion’ in reality have a much more opalescent painted effect, which creates a dreamy atmosphere, as if between two breaths something magical might happen. Again the colours in these images do not justice to the real paintings.

Steps, Gerberoy by Henri Le Sidanier

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Okay I will finish up with two big name artists, and two paintings I hadn’t seen before, Edvard Munch ‘Apple Tree in the Garden’ and Raoul Dufy ‘The Little Palm Tree’. Wonderful colours and brushwork, oh to be able to walk into any of these paintings would be a joy.

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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse is on at The Royal Academy of Arts until the 20th April 2016. www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/painting-modern-garden-monet-matisse

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