I’ve just come back from a great trip in London, mostly spent my time seeing art at museums, galleries and art fairs. I particularly loved the Tate Modern. A part of this had to do with seeing a lot of paintings by favorite artists of mine that I had never seen before. But in addition to this, I found the curation so much more inclusive and engaging. For a lot of pieces, next to the usual placards that tell you about the piece, they also had blurbs by philosophers or musicians; people of other disciplines giving their take on the piece. I loved seeing that cross disciplinary take on the work and the openness to points of view.
There was a great Guston I’d never seen before, called The Return . “Discussing The Return, Guston said that he saw the forms in the picture as being like figures who had been away for some time and who were now returning – jostling each other a little as they came” I love how he sees the living figure in abstraction in this work.
There was also a great Gerhard Richter retrospective at the Tate. He’s never been one of my favorite painters, his work always felt a bit cold to me, but I really enjoyed the retrospective and warmed up to him a lot in seeing the show. There was a great film of him being interviewed while they were putting up the show.