Bela Kolarova ' Swatch of Snap Fasteners 11'
Josef Albers 'Homage to the square:post autumn'
Lygia Clark 'Red Matchboxes'
Klara Liden 'Untitled (Poster Painting)'
My first week since finishing work has mainly been spent sorting out finances and paperwork with visit of estate agent to value property and beginning to sort out my stuff for retreat next week at Rydal. But yesterday was my first expedition up to town to visit art galleries during the working week ( first of many I hope). The current Whitechapel Gallery exhibition ' Adventures of the Black Square' was definitely worth the entrance fee (alas, I had to hand in my staff pass which got me in free to many exhibitions when I left Kew). Besides the familiar Mondrian and Albers ,more powerful in reality than in print, there was much that resonated in terms of subject matter ( peeling posters of Klara Liden; crumbly walls and doors of Clay Ketter; David Batchelor's 'found' monochromes ) ; so many artists new to me( many of them women); such imaginative use of materials. Textiles featured prominently - I'll be writing more about that in a Ragged Cloth Café Blog post including Anni Albers; Rosemarie Trockel; Adrian Esparza; Sophie Taeuber-Arp.
As with the Emily Carr exhibition I had to buy the catalogue straight away - I couldn't wait to have it posted!
Besides the biological recording courses I'm doing to revive my rusty botanical skills , I've just booked for 2 courses at City Lit to give my art-making a kick start - ' develop your drawing' and 'printmaking on Mondays starting 20 April.