Piet Mondrian – Composition C (No.III) with Red, Yellow and Blue – 1935 – Oil paint on canvas
Ellsworth Kelly – Gironde – 1951 – Oil paint on wood
Pablo Picasso – Weeping Woman (Femme en pleurs) – 1937 – Oil paint on canvas
Olafur Eliasson – Yellow versus Purple – 2003 – Glass, steel cable, motor, floodlight and tripod
video link – Olafur Eliasson’s Yellow Versus Purple
I stood in this room and watched this piece for a good 5 minutes, fascinated by the floating disk and the colour changing circle reflected on white the walls in space. It is a beautiful piece that plays with colour theory and light and the way we ultimately see it. When walking around the piece, every so often you would be drenched in the coloured light reflecting from the spotlight to the swirling disk at the centre. I suppose this really involves you in the piece, as no matter where you stand, a circle of colour will reach you, and you’ll either be yellow, blue, or tinted purple. I found this installation really peaceful to watch, it kind of reminded me of a pendulum swinging back and forth, only with the colourful dancing light. These pictures really don’t do this piece any justice, but it was the best I could get at the time.
Bridget Riley – Evoë 3 – 2003 – Acrylic paint and oil paint on canvas
Mark Rothko – Untitled (Red, Black, Orange and Pink on Yellow) – 1954 – Oil paint on canvas
Mark Rothko – Black on Maroon Mural, section 3 – 1959 – Oil paint on canvas ‘from the Rothko Room’
This picture was taken in the infamous ‘Rothko room’ which is ultimately my favourite part of the Tate modern. The room is darkly lit, so I changed the brightness of the picture to see it in more detail. However the whole room had minimal lighting, because it was intended by the artist to view the work in a way where you would be completely absorbed by the paintings. This was definitely how I felt walking into this space. Along with the subtle lighting, the room was quite even when filled with onlookers. Which ultimately added to the overwhelming but peaceful atmosphere created in the room. There were 9 large paintings in the room altogether and all carried the themes of black, red and a dark maroon. Adding to the darkness of the space.
Salvador Dalí – Lobster Telephone – 1936 – Steel, plaster, rubber, resin and paper
Henri Matisse – The Snail (L’Escargot) – 1953 – Gouache on paper, cut and pasted on paper mounted canvas
This is by far my favourite piece by Matisse, so I was so amazed to see it in person. I don’t think I ever realised how large this piece was, after only looking at versions printed in books or online. The picture really doesn’t do the piece any justice, because of the refection from the glass that protects the paper. I loved looking a this ‘cut out’ up close, because you can see little holes on the edges of the paper shapes, where they might have been pinned down before Matisse decided on the final placement. I love the mix of the straight lines and the jagged cuts, which along with the mix of colours used, all complement each other and somehow ‘fit’ perfectly.
Wassily Kandinsky – Cossacks (Cosaques) – 1910 – 1911 – Oil on canvas
Andy Warhol – Marilyn Diptych – 1962 – Acrylic paint on canvas
Guerrilla Girls – Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum? – 1989 – Screen print on paper
What Do These Artists Have In Common? – 1985 – Screen print on paper
This was the first time I had ever seen the art of the anonymous Guerrilla Girls in person. The aims of the group has been to somewhat expose the sexual and racial discrimination found in the art world, particularly focusing on the art in New York, but also can be relevant to other art scenes. This statement I find is always made clear with any of the prints created. I admire how straight forward their messages are, as they don’t hide behind symbolism which is used more frequently. I do find it amazing how all of the female artists involved are completely anonymous, I think it creates mystery, which is in complete contrast to how ‘outspoken’ their art is.
Marcel Duchamp – Fountain 1917 (Replica) – 1964 – Glazed earthenware
Pablo Picasso – Bust of a Woman (Buste de femme) – 1944 – Oil paint on canvas
Richard Tuttle – System VI, White Traffic – 2011 – Wood, fibreboard, polystyrene foam, synthetic mesh, terracotta, halogen lamp, ceramic, vinyl – coated steel cable, wire, foam, aluminium bolts, electrical cord, acrylic paint and oil paint.
Barbara Kruger – Who owns what? – 2012 – Photographic screenprint on vinyl
Cildo Meireles – Babel – 2001 – Electrical radios
This piece was incredible. I didn’t expect to see an installation so big and profound and yet fit perfectly into a space. There was a lot of things going on in this room, which made me feel a little overwhelmed. The constant noise coming out of what seemed like every radio used, some blasting music, and some broadcasting conversations. The overall height of the piece in which you could’nt avoid looking up at. And the dim lights, to draw attention of the lights used on every other device. For me, this installation was like a distraction for the senses, but allowing you to admire the greatness of the structure.