Anselm Kiefer: Kranke Kunst image from this review of the exhibition
The Kiefer was the most outstanding work on show for me. This image does not begin to do it justice; the visceral presence of the painting has to be there to feel its full force. I am really looking forward to the exhibition of Kiefer's work at the Royal Academy in the Autumn.
I will divide the work which attracted or inspired me and made me think over the next few days. Here are the first three.
Tender machines-Pylon from hereIt was mostly prints which got me excited and itching to get working - with the exception of a watercolour (above) by Lucy Austin which I found delightful, and set wheels turning in my brain. This especially because I find technological furniture in the landscape - such as pylons and wind turbines an interesting subject.
I have recently finished reading an excellent monograph by Andrew Lambirth on the painter and printmaker Stephen Chambers, and so was most interested to see his works on show. The print above is from his Casanova series - a set of 13 etchings as one piece of work (pic. from here). Although I have been drawn to and admired Chambers' work, both painting and prints, for some years now, it was great to be able to look at examples of each medium so soon after reading about his inspirations, motivations, and techniques. The monograph contains a substantial contribution from Chambers himself.
A Thaw, collagraph and block print (pic. from here)I noticed a plaque next to this print stating that it had won the Original Print Fair prize. It had already attracted my attention, and on checking I found that it is by Katherine Jones whose work I admire tremendously. I love her use of line, colour, and how she renders 3D as 2D.