@frankbowlingra completed this painting, Mirror 1964–6, when he was 30 years old. The painting features the staircase between the V&A and the old Royal College painting school, where Bowling studied alongside David Hockney, Peter Blake and R.B. Kitaj. Bowling remembers the staircase as a student escape route, and he appears in the painting twice, once at the top and once at the bottom of the stairs. Now 85, #FrankBowling still paints every day in his London studio, continuing his visionary approach that fuses abstraction with personal memories. Uncover more about Bowling by clicking the link in today's bio and see 'Mirror' on display in the artist's major retrospective at Tate Britain.
This large-scale collage by Mark Bradford is made of materials found by the artist on the streets of Los Angeles, USA, where he works and lives. The work is constructed entirely from paper fragments which he believes, ‘act as memories of things pasted and things past. You can peel away the layers of papers and it’s like reading the streets through the signs’. How do you record your memories? 💭 Mark Bradford, Los Moscos 2004, on free display in Tate Modern.
#Artwords: 'Rayonism' was a Russian avant-garde movement from the early 20th century. Invented by #NataliaGoncharova and her partner Michel Larionov, the abstract form was characterised by interacting linear forms derived from rays, based on the effect of light on landscape or cityscapes. This pastel piece by Natalia Goncharova is called Rayonist Composition c.1912–13 and is on display in the artist's major exhibition at Tate Modern until 8 September 2019.
'It is very timely to make a work like 'Looking for Langston' visible to a new generation.' - Isaac Julien Award winning filmmaker and installation artist Isaac Julien's groundbreaking film 'Looking for Langston' combines poetry and image to explore Black, queer desire and take a closer look at the private lives of the artists who were at the forefront of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. Watch the film on free display at Tate Britain until November 2019.
Nam June Paik was born #onthisday in 1932! The visionary artist embraced new technologies, pioneering the use of TV in art and making robots out of radios. 📻📻📻 He is also credited for coining the phrase ‘electronic superhighway’ to predict the future of communication in the internet age. How has technology changed the way you communicate? Nam June Paik, Bakelite Robot 2002. A major exhibition of the artist's work opens in October at Tate Modern.
#OlafurEliasson's ‘Din blinde passager’, which translates as ‘your blind passenger’ – the Danish term for a stowaway – uses colour and light to alter viewers’ perception through a 45-metre fog-filled tunnel, inviting them to find other ways to navigate. Link in bio to book your ticket for @StudioOlafurEliasson's 'In Real Life' at Tate Modern. Members can see the exhibition in quiet, morning hours every Saturday–Sunday from 9–10am until 29 September 2019.
Russian artist Natalia Goncharova was well-known during her lifetime, but this fame didn’t come without its controversy. A number of her works were censored, including this work ‘The Deity of Fertility’ 1909 which was confiscated by the police. The artist was charged with publicly displaying ‘corrupting’ images, as the female nude was only considered an appropriate subject for male artists. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Find out more about the life, career and controversies of #NataliaGoncharova in today’s story. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Natalia Goncharova The Deity of Fertility 1909-1910 State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow, Russia) © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2019. Currently on display at Tate Modern in the Natalia Goncharova exhibition.
'Colour is a very personal dilemma. I’m adjusting colour almost entirely through emotional leads. Colour plays an enormous part in my work, if not the most important' - @frankbowlingra#FrankBowling, Remember Thine Eyes 2014, Courtesy Frank Bowling and Hales Gallery © Frank Bowling. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019. On display at Tate Britain until 26 August 2019.
'If we were all making more art... thinking more creatively... I like to think it's a better world.' - @solcalero_ Berlin-based artist Sol Calero (born in Caracas, Venezuela) makes brightly coloured, large-scale environments that explore themes of representation, identity, displacement and marginalisation, all informed by her own perspective as a migrant. Calero's new commission, El Autobús 2019, is inspired by travelling in Latin America, where richly decorated buses are popular means of transport. For locals, the bus is a necessary part of the daily commute, while tourists use them in pursuit of exotic adventure. Board El Autobús @tateliverpool for an audio-visual journey through Calero's imagined land.
Last week we opened #OlafurEliasson's ‘In Real Life’ exhibition at Tate Modern and Tate Directors took the artist’s ethical commitment to addressing environmental issues as a cue to offer a platform for discussion in partnership with artists, campaigners, artistic communities and cultural organisations. Hundreds gathered to debate in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. Tate is committed to reducing its carbon footprint by at least 10% by 2023 and is switching to a green electricity tariff across all four galleries. 🍃 Find out more about our plans by clicking our bio link. @StudioOlafurEliasson, The Weather Project 2003, Installation in Turbine Hall, Tate Modern, London, not currently on display
#TateWeather's looking through Hodgkin's lens today, and noticing how magical everything appears in the sunshine. ☀️ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ‘What I want to paint are the things that have been seen so often that people no longer notice them - or, if they are noticed, are no longer thought beautiful: an old boot washed up by the tide, cabbages growing, a tangle of weeds. I try to show these things exactly as they are, yet with some of their mystery and poetry, and as though seen for the first time.' ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Eliot Hodgkin, Undergrowth 1941, Tate collection
Vincent van Gogh lived in London from age 20, before his momentous decision in 1879 to become an artist. With South London lodgings, he was very happy to wander across the river Thames to be inspired by paintings he soaked up at the @nationalgallery. A favourite work of his was Hobbema’s The Avenue at Middelharnis, which showed a distinctive Dutch landscape. The avenue of pollarded trees line a lane and emphasise the vastness of the sky. Meindert Hobbema, The Avenue at Middelharnis 1689, National Gallery London, UK. See the painting on display in The EY Exhibition: #VanGogh and Britain until 11 August 2019.