Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Reichstag

I did seven years ago when I visited Berlin the first time.  I tried the past three years.  Finally I managed to get inside Norman Foster's 1999 Reichstag dome again this summer.  This time I took some pictures.













Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Soft Spin

Back in Toronto now.  I still have a lot to post from my trip.  But something local for now from earlier ...

Heather Nicol's installation under the arches of Santiago Calatrava's 1992 Allen Lambert Galleria at Brookfield Place, Toronto 2014:






Monday, 28 July 2014

Make Every Show Like It's Your Last

I took a trip to Leeds yesterday morning to see Gego's show Line As Object at Henry Moore Institute.  Thank you, J, for your recommendation.  I'm glad that I made it there.  It's a truly inspiring show.  Too bad photography was not allowed.

Since it was my last day in Manchester, I decided to squeeze in just one more show in the late afternoon - Ryan Gander's solo exhibition Make Every Show Like It's Your Last at Manchester Art Gallery.  I must confess that I would have needed more time on Gander's show.  I didn't see everything in 1.5 hours.  He has a concurrent showing at Castlefield Gallery in another part of town but I'd have to reluctantly miss it.

Gander at Manchester Art Gallery:













That concludes my month-long European art trip.  I'm flying back to Toronto today.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Rewrap

Arrived at Manchester yesterday afternoon.  Since I spent most time orienting myself to this new city by wandering around, I don't have anything worth sharing here.  So this post is still about London.

Derived from her other project Wrapper for Art on the Underground, which I haven't got a chance to see yet, Jacqueline Poncelet has created a new set of "wrappers" for the ticket hall at Piccadilly Circus tube station.  Here are some of Poncelet's Rewrap patterns:











Saturday, 26 July 2014

Project 07

My whirlwind visit to London ended on a high note yesterday.  It was a day highlighted by the art of my very favourite Lothar Götz in four different locations.  Götz's Project 07 at the Contemporary Art Society, consisting of more than 20 drawings, is the main focus.  The other three installations are the Soho Room commissioned work at House of St. Barnabas and, as part of Festival Of Love at the Southbank Centre, Happy Together at the Clore Ballroom of the Royal Festival Hall and I Have A Dream at the Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer.  Here's Götz at the Contemporary Art Society:













On my way to Manchester now ...

Friday, 25 July 2014

Drawing For Free Thinking

I saw a couple of good shows yesterday but none allowed photography.  So I have no pictures to show.  First, there's Radical Geometry: Modern Art Of South America at Royal Academy of Arts.  It's another highlight of my entire European trip - very inspiring and informative.  Then there's Giulio Paolini's To Be Or Not To Be at Whitechapel Gallery - solid conceptual stuff but interesting.  I'll just post some more pictures from London here the previous day.

Another site specific work at Tate Britain, David Tremlett's Drawing For Free Thinking:





Thursday, 24 July 2014

Dock

Phyllida Barlow's site specific work Dock was still being installed when I visited London in March.  I had a previous post about its installation in progress.  It's good to see its completed state when I visited Tate Britain again yesterday.  The "collapsing" monuments are still tremendously powerful: