This week I was finally able to see Damien Hirst at Tate Modern. I’m a big fan of Hirst, and it was a treat to see so much of his work in one place. I saw some old favourites, like The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living and Pharmacy. But I think I may have added another piece to my list of favourites: The Anatomy of an Angel.
This week I had the pleasure of visiting the BP Portrait Award 2011 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery with my good friend James. I loved this exhibition last year, and this year was no different.
One thing I love about it is that it’s open for anyone to enter. And that means you get a wide variety of artists and a wide variety of styles side-by-side. So one minute you might be looking at a member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters one minute, and a recent art graduate the next. And portraits of the famous and influential share a wall with parents and children and ballroom dancers. I have to resist the temptation to rush to find out who’s coming up next. As it is, I have to go round twice.
OK, so I helped to organise it, but I think it still counts.
During some recent training days with my lovely UCCF colleagues, my friend Chris and I organised a “culture evening.” We work with some very talented people, so the whole thing came together brillitantly.
If you’re in London before 18th September, you should make time to check out this year’s BP Portrait Award exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. This was my arty highlight of 2010, and it looks like it’ll be great this year too.
The exhibition is open to anyone over 18, and this year there were 2,372 entries from all over the world. The final selection represents some of the best contemporary portraits you’ll see, painted in a huge range of styles.
It’s free to get in, so why wouldn’t you go and take a look? And I’ll let you know what I think when I’ve been…
Readers of this blog will know I like the big galleries and big exhibitions that the Big City has to offer. But occasionally London yields a few hidden gems, and the other day I uncovered two, thanks to tip-offs from two colleagues.