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If you're wondering why there are so many Russian exhibitions in London at the moment, then it's because 2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution, when Russia began it's march towards becoming the Soviet Union.
In the years that immediately followed 1917, Russian artists practically invented a whole new culture, giving the country its own unique visual identity.
"Red Star Over Russia" will explore the birth of this new art up until Stalin's death in 1953, using a collection of rarely seen posters, photographs, and other pieces from the David King Collection, including works by El Lissitzky, Gustav Klutsis, Dmitri Moor, Alexander Deineka, Nina Vatolina and Yevgeny Khaldei.
SarahCroft – “As hard as I try, I just cannot bring myself to like contemporary art. Some of it is great, but only the ones that are "traditional". And by that I mean paintings of objects, portraits, landscapes and sculptures. ie, regular everyday art. But I do not see the attraction in pieces that consist of nothing more than a coat hanger stuck to a dustbin lid. There is no skill involved in that, and that is what i don't like, There has a to be a degree of artistic skill involved, otherwise it is worthless. When I go to the British Library, I don't expect to see pieces by an author who can't write. But that is what I see at the Tate Modern. It is all about "feeling", and involves practically no skill at all. For example, one of the Turner Prize entrants this year (not actually on display at the Tate Modern, but similar to the kind of pieces that they show) consists of nothing more than a speaker in an empty room, playing Scottish folk ballads. How on earth can that be descr”
Fish – “I visited this the same day that I visited the magnificent ceiling painted by Rubens in Banqueting House, and I must say that I much prefer the classical and traditional styles of art. I am not saying there is nothing to enjoy in the modern art galleries, but I don't see the attraction in a pile of everyday objects. For example, in the National Gallery you can look at Van Gogh's "Sunflowers", which is a marvelous painting, whereas in the Tate Modern they would be much more likely to put the actual vase and flowers on display instead. But where is the art in that? I can see sunflowers whenever i walk into a flower shop. The skill comes in transferring what it looks like to canvas. So, maybe I am just too old to appreciate modern art, but give me a proper painting everday of the week!”
Craig’s review of Tate Modern – “I promised myself that I would come to the Tate Modern with an open mind, but I know I'm going to laugh at the modern art. It's so bad, it's good. So you might want to take this review with a pinch of salt if you're an art lover. I do actually quite like art, believe it or not, but this isn't art to me. It's more like a song by someone who can't sing. It's a load of… continued”
Picasso 1932 — Love, Fame, Tragedy – 8 Mar to 9 Sep 2018 – 'Love, Fame, Tragedy' will focus on just one year of Picasso's extraordinary career -- the so-called 'Year of Wonders' in 1932.
Into The Light: Photography & Abstract Art – 3 May to 16 Sep 2018 – 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock.
Anni Albers exhibition, at the Tate Modern – 12 Oct 2018 to 13 Jan 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist, Anni Albers.
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life – 28 Feb to 27 Aug 2018 – 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
If you enjoy Tate Modern then you might like to visit Hayward Gallery (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Southwark to Hayward Gallery), Saatchi Gallery (catch the train from Southwark to Saatchi Gallery) and Serpentine Gallery (catch the train from Southwark to Serpentine Gallery)
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