On Sunday we decided to take advantage of a lull in weather and general activity to make our first visit to the recently refurbished Tate Britain.
It was a still day, pale grey but mild, little traffic, and no rain until we were back through our own front door again. It was also a quiet day within the gallery - a perfect introduction to the new Members' area.
We were fond of the previous Members' room which felt very much like a staff sittingroom in some quiet college somewhere, especially first thing on a weekend morning which is when we visit. This new one is much more grand, but also designed in such a way that its nooks are calm, with quirky furniture - the design elements work very well I think.
We were not there to see any particular exhibition, but curiosity drew us to Painting Now: five contemporary artists. As I said in my previous post we were amongst very few other visitors, and had each of the five rooms to ourselves most of the time. I was familiar only with one of the five artists previously: Tomma Abts. Here are two articles here and here from the time when she won the Turner Prize. And here is a link to more work, as well as photos of how it looks in a white cube setting.
Tomma Abts: Hepe 2010
Tomma Abts: Jeels 2012
Superficially this is not the kind of work which immediately attracts me, but it somehow subversively drew me to look closer when I first saw examples at the Turner Show exhibition. It calms and yet confuses, tricks in its apparent simplicity, and actually has warmth and humour. It is because I appreciated the work of Tomma Abts that I was drawn to Altoon Sultan's work and blog, Studio and Garden. It was very much a lesson in appreciating why one should never say never, nor be definite about one's likes and dislikes!
I enjoy elements such as use of colour, line, balance, playing with negative and positive spaces in the work of many styles - excellent exponents have so much to delight the eye which looks long enough to see.