Two Tates in London–Art Treats for You

On this trip to London we had a special day going to both
Tate Galleries in London—the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern . . .

And there was an especially nice feature because one can take
a shuttle boat on the Thames from one Tate to the other!  Neat.

on the Thames going from Tate to Tate ©booksandbuttons

on the Thames going from Tate to Tate ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We started the day at the Tate Britain.  I am going to try to
restrain myself from showing you fifty photos this time–so if
you *do* want to look at fifty photos from the Tate Britain, just
type “art from Tate” up on the right in the little search box, and
there you will find photos from last year’s visit.

This time I selected two favorites.  My all time, all time favorite
forever will be Bill Woodrow’s Elephant 1984, made from car
doors, maps and a vacuum cleaner.  I think he was an absolute
genius to use maps of South America and Africa for the ears.  And
from those old schoolroom roll down maps.  Love it.

Elephant 1984 by Bill Woodrow, born 1948, at Tate Britain ©booksandbuttons

Elephant 1984 by Bill Woodrow, born 1948, at Tate Britain ©booksandbuttons (click to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My second selection from the Tate Britain is in a different
mood—and is striking in its own way, don’t you think?

Interior: Night by Patrick Caulfield 1936-2005, screenprint on paper ©booksandbuttons

Interior: Night by Patrick Caulfield 1936-2005, screenprint on paper ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had lunch at the big cafeteria at the Tate Modern and then went
to explore.  I’m choosing only one artist to show you: Louise Bourgeois.

at Tate Modern, London ©booksandbuttons

at Tate Modern, London ©booksandbuttons

 

 

This placard lists some of the works displayed, and oh, my, you think,
How did she ever do SIX works all in one year??

 

 

 

 

Here are three of them that I like:

 

Children in Bathtub by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

Children in Bathtub by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

empty Nest by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

Empty Nest by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Woman with Suitcase by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

Woman with Suitcase by Louise Bourgeois at Tate Modern ©booksandbuttons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now you see how she could do six in one year.  Heck, she could
have done six on a Monday morning!

Just kidding.  Once you’ve recovered from their simplicity, you
grasp the poignancy and sadness, the starkness.  Interesting woman
that Louise Bourgeois, (1911-2010).  I would like to have talked with
her for a while.

We had a great day, and like all of the museums in the UK–admission
is free!  Put them on your list of things to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Two Tates in London–Art Treats for You

  1. WORDMAN says:

    What a wonderful vacation.

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