Picasso and Modern British Art

15 February  –  15 July 2012

Picasso remains the twentieth century’s single most important artistic figure, a towering genius who changed the face of modern art.

In a major new exhibition at Tate Britain, Picasso and Modern British Art explores his extensive legacy and influence on British art, how this played a role in the acceptance of modern art in Britain, alongside the fascinating story of Picasso’s lifelong connections to and affection for this country.

It brings together over 150 spectacular artworks, with over 60 stunning Picassos including sublime paintings from the most remarkable moments in his career, such asWeeping Woman 1937 and The Three Dancers 1925.

It offers the rare opportunity to see these celebrated artworks alongside seven of Picasso’s most brilliant British admirers, exploring the huge impact he had on their art: Duncan Grant, Wyndham Lewis, Ben Nicholson, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney.

Picasso and Modern British Art is the first exhibition to trace Picasso’s rise in Britain as a figure of both controversy and celebrity. From his London visit in 1919, working on the scenery and costumes for Diaghilev’s ballet The Three Cornered Hat; to his post-war reputation and political appearances; leading up to the phenomenally successful 1960 Tate exhibition.

Full of beautiful and inspirational artworks, this exhibition is an unmissable treat and a fascinating insight into how British art became modern.

Artist talk: Over the Parched Field

16 February 2012

6:00 – 7:00pm, followed by a drinks reception to 8:00pm

Daiwa Foundation Japan House

Akiko Takizawa is a Japanese artist based in London. The exhibition, Over the Parched Field, showcases a selection of Takizawa’s photographs since 2006, including new works made especially for the exhibition. This is Takizawa’s first solo show in London.

The talk will be by Dr Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at the Tate Gallery, and the artist of Over the Parched Field, Akiko Takizawa.

Akiko Takizawa

Akiko Takizawa was born in Fukuoka in 1971 and completed her MA in Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Her interdisciplinary practices involve not only photography but filming and performing art. Her work was selected for Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2006 and the exhibition toured from Liverpool to London. Her work was shortlisted for the Hitotsubo Award, one of the most prestigious photographic competitions in Japan. She was also awarded the University of Abertay Visual Arts Prize (2002), the Dundee Contemporary Arts Print Studio Residency Prize (2002), the London Print Studio Award (2002) and the Printmaking Today Award (2000).

Dr Simon Baker

Dr Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate. He has researched, written and curated exhibitions on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art, including the recent Tate Modern exhibitions Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera (2010), and Taryn Simon: A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters (2011). He is currently working on a major exhibition of the works of William Klein and Daido Moriyama for Tate Modern in October 2012.

Modern art in Marble Arch part 1

Vicino a Marble Arch sono esposte due sculture che come l’oggetto fotografato qualche giorno fa’ mi lasciano molto perplesso. Io non me ne intendo di arte pero’ quando vedo certe cose, da persona ignorante, non posso che pensare allo spreco di soldi ed al significato di certe opere. Spero un giorno qualcuno possa insegnarmi ad apprezzare o, almeno a capire, l’arte moderna.

Near Marble Arch there are exposed two sculptures that leave me puzzle as the object photographed few days ago. I don’t understand art and as ignorant person when I see such objects I can’t avoid to think about the money wasted and the meaning behind certain creations. I hope one day someone would be able to make me understand modern art and appreciate those sculptures.





Arte moderna?/Modern Art?

Oggi, nel primo pomeriggio, non pioveva e sono riuscito a fare le fotto all’oggetto che non so come definire. Scultura, statua, arte moderna? Non so, non capisco. Voi cosa suggerite?

Today, in the afternoon, did not rain and I managed to take few pictures of the object I don’t know how to define. Sculpture, statue, modern art? I don’t know, I don’t understand it. What do you suggest?

Pioggia, Fiat e monumento: arte moderna?

Qualche giorno fa’ ha visto, andando al lavoro con l’autobus, un oggetto che non so proprio come definire. Oggi, nel pomeriggio, avevo programmato di passare nuovamente nella zona per fare alcune foto e cercare di definire l’oggetto in questione ma la pioggia ha rovinato il mio programma. Domani se il tempo me lo permette vado a fare alcune foto da pubblicare nel Blog.

Few days ago I saw, while going yo work by bus, an object that I don’t know how to define. Today I wanted to go in the area to take some pictures and try to understand the meaning of the strange object but the rain ruined my plan. Tomorrow, if it doesn’t rain, I’ll go to take some pictures of the object to show you.