While in London we had a weekend to fill, so on Saturday we went to Tate Modern, on our way we found Borough Market. A cute little food market under a train bridge next to a cathedral. We couldn’t stop ourselves from getting a scotch egg and sweet potato chips which were so tasty.
It was then on to the Tate Gallery with has some really inspiring work. I loved the big empty factory of an entrance.
Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, real birds flying over simply drawn buildings.
Alberto Giacometti, I love his work after looking into it, I really want to try his style of quick stokes which look like the pen hasn’t left the page.
Alex Katz creates beautifully simple paintings with block colours creating a brightly coloured world.
Nicholas Hlobo, Ikhonkco uses ribbon and rubber, stitching the ribbon into the paper to create a chain, connecting with family trees. With a strong stitch it creates beautifully clean pieces. Macaleni Iintozomlambo resembles an underwater creature, with stitching ending to look like stunted limbs. With forms and fleshy tones creating sexual connections. The name refers to the belief that boys would throw rocks into the river before diving in naked to respect the river.
Pablo Picasso, Bust of a Woman and Seated Nude. It was brilliant to see actual Picasso pieces. Using warm colours to show the bulk of the body and shifting directions of the brushstrokes gives depth and enhances the features. The second shows the woman mechanical.
And finally Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Something Old Something New, made with mirror and wood to explore memory and cultural dislocation.
Next to the train station was the Shard, I took a photo when we left and then when we came back to the station and there was a contrast to the typical British weather.