Art: TATE LIVERPOOL, BLUECOAT, FACT

Ok Art lovers Liverpool has two new exhibitions opening and a third which has been running for a few weeks now but is well worth a visit…

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First Up: Opening at Tate Liverpool on 6 March 2015 is Surreal Landscapes, a season of exhibitions exploring three artists, Leonora Carrington, Cathy Wilkes and György Kepes.

Leonora Carrington’s The exhibition explores the fantastical world of this celebrated member of the surrealist movement and examines Carrington’s diverse practice.

On display alongside Leonora Carrington will be the largest and most comprehensive display of work to date by Turner Prize 2008 nominated artist Cathy Wilkes. Bringing together more than a decade of the artist’s acclaimed work, this unique exhibition includes several of her large-scale sculptural installations alongside paintings, works on paper and archive materials.

Also running concurrently will be the first UK solo exhibition of Hungarian-born artist, designer and educator György Kepes (1906 – 2001), bringing together 80 photographic works and collages, dating from Kepes’s first years in the United States, for the first time.

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Group Therapy is originating from FACT’s extensive work within mental health and wellbeing, and will explore the complex relationship between technology, society, and mental health. The exhibition will encourage visitors to rethink their understanding of mental health and wellbeing, by asking how far our personal wellbeing is related to the values of the society we live in and the impact of new technologies.

The exhibition will very much tie in with current societal issues. For example will The Vacuum Cleaner’s major installation Madlove, supported by the Wellcome Trust and the The British Psychological Society (BPS), address the artist’s own experience of psychiatric hospitals as punishing rather than loving environments. A collaboratively designed asylum will be created at FACT as “a safe place to go mad” in response to this.

Group Therapy will also display a variety of digital tools including apps, games and online forums to illustrate the diverse ways we use technology to manage and mediate our emotions in the 21st Century.

5 March until 17 May 2015. FREE Entry

And Last but not Least…

BLUECOAT LISTENING

The exhibition examines the crossover between the visual and the sonic, with many of the selected artists working in the fields of both contemporary music and art.

BLUECOAT Curator of Listening Sam Belinfante wanted to ‘create an exhibition that interrogates the act of listening itself, rather than merely its aural objects. Listening engages the body in a multitude of ways; from the intimate pressing of an ear to a wall to the staggering din of a thunderclap that knocks you off your feet. Listening is not only the exhibition’s subject matter but also the method by which works are encountered and explored. I want visitors to be playfully arrested and surprised by the ways in which they are directed around the space and through the many different works on display.’

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 – Sun, 29 Mar 2015 FREE Entry

 

ART: Transmitting Andy Warhol Tate Liverpool

 

IMG_20141106_123848 After the first couple of minutes of entering the gallery space, the first thing that strikes you is the almost overwhelming feeling of familiarity. It just hammers home the extent to which Warhol is embedded and entwined into our psyche and more importantly popular culture. Walking through the space you literally feel at home….

IMG_20141106_125225When walking amongst his creations it’s hard to imagine a world without Warhol …. I often wonder what it would be like if you could click your fingers and remove certain artists influences on the world, how would our world look?….Click there goes Warhols influence….Click….Harings influence……Click...Salvador Dali’s……You cant deny that these great influencers have tweaked our worlds aesthetic.

Here is the work of the man who said , ‘Art is anything you can get away with’ he took everyday, mass produced items and elevated them to high art….Transmitting the images back to us having been through the Warholian Kaleidoscope (And by this I mean the true meaning of the word Kaleidescope: as derived from the Ancient Greek (kalos), “beautiful, beauty“,(eidos), “that which is seen: form, shape” and (skopeō), “to look to, to examine“, hence “observation of beautiful forms.“) bringing to life his democratic conviction that ‘art should be for everyone’ .

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Standing in front of some of his great works it’s hard not to smile at the simplicity (and intensity) of his ideas and the playfulness of which they were executed…Personally, it was quite awe inspiring to stare closely at the cracks in the paint of some of his most famous works and think of the surroundings they were created in…the Factory and the scene in which Warhol was involved….the Velvets, Edie Sedgwick, ….the Sixties, Seventies and beyond…..Its got to be said one of my favourite of the four rooms is the Expoding Plastic Inevitable; the black and white visuals and psychedelic sounds, Warhols ‘total art’ environment which provided the 20141106_133705framework for performances by the Velvet Underground. 20141106_133652
The exhibition traces how his practice expanded laterally using the theoretically limitless channels of publishing, film, music and broadcasting and the exhibition reflects his career long obsession with mortality, glamour and consumer culture. It also shows how he expanded the ways in which he dispersed his art to reach as many people as possible. This is evident in his album cover designs, adverts and magazines.IMG_20141106_125321

Providing us with a new insight into the the breadth of his artistic processes the exhibition also looks at the philosophies as well as the social political and aesthetic implications of his practice. Warhol’s expanding of the networks for distributing art is especially important today, when digital media offers artists as well as members of the public, boundless possibilities of distributing information, images and ideas.

By presenting Warhol in the context of the mass information networks of his time (one has to wonder what he would ve made of social media), the exhibition reveals the artists role in redefining access to culture and art as we understand it today, while challenging the separation between high/low culture and private/mass experience.

Transmitting Andy Warhol – 7 November 2014 til 8 February 2015

£8/£6 (which includes entry to Gretchen Bender exhibtion) (Free for JMU students)

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ART: TATE LIVERPOOL – KEYWORDS: ART, CULTURE AND SOCIETY IN 1980s

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Keywords is an exhibition based on Raymond Williams’s seminal study, of the same name Helen Chadwick - Carcassabout the vocabulary of culture and society. The exhibition, spanning a twenty year period from the first publication of the book in 1976 to the last year of Conservative rule in 1996, has a strong focus on British art of the 1980s and will include works by artists such as Helen Chadwick, Willie Doherty, David Hockney and Anish Kapoor.

Almost sixty works by artists such as Stuart Brisley, Helen Chadwick, Rita Donagh, Rotimi Fani-Kayode, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Peter Kennard, John Latham, Stephen McKenna, Carl Plackman, Donald Rodney, Jo Spence, Anne Tallentire and Stephen Willats are grouped in a relationship to key words from William’s book. Viewers are confronted with manifestations of words from Williams’s book including ‘Liberation’, ‘Violence’, ‘Unconscious’ and ‘Private’ in a specially designed space conceived by artist Luca Frei and designer Will Holder. Here visitors will be encouraged to discuss and debate the relationship between the words and the works.

Sunil Gupta - 'Heaven' from the tape-slide project Gay Switchboard, 1980

Central to Keywords has been its public talks programme by major figures from the spheres of art, theory, activism and politics. To date this has included lectures by Linda Bellos on ‘Equality’, Douglas Crimp on ‘Theory’, Geeta Kapur on ‘Practice’, Leo Bersani on ‘Sex’ and Tony Bennett on ‘Culture’. This outstanding line up will continue with Baroness Lola Young on ‘Ethical’ in spring 2014.

The exhibition has been organised in partnership with Iniva – Institute of International Visual Arts, London where the first incarnation of Keywords was presented from 27 March – 18 May 2013.

Keywords is curated by Gavin Delahunty, Head of Exhibitions and Displays, Tate Liverpool and Grant Watson, Senior Curator and Research Associate, Iniva.

The exhibition runs from Feb 28th – May 11th 2014. £6/8 admission

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Art Turning Left – Tate Liverpool

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This is a multifaceted exhibition that examines how the production and reception of art has been influenced by left wing values.

To wander the rooms and take in works such as Jacques-Louis David – The Death of Marat 1793-4 alongside interactive pieces such as Ruth Ewan’s A Jukebox of People Trying to Change the World 2003 (which documents literally every protest song known to man and makes them available for selection…) and David Medalla’s A Stitch in Time 1968 – 72 (which invites you to stitch whatever you wish on to the work while it’s on display)..finds you immersed in a world of counter information, attempts to strip art of elitism and the deliberate anonymity and freedom collaborative artistic endeavors bring.

Taking in 275 works across 7 rooms; this is an impressive exhibition which sets out a project that LJMU PhD student Lynn Wray originally conceived and one which sees the Tate entering a new way in which it presents work within its hallowed walls. This new way seeks to link concurrent strands and themes across the floors of the Tate Liverpool’s white cube space. This is the first exhibition that realises this vision set out by  Francesco Manacorda, artistic director of Tate Liverpool and is deftly executed with the assistance of Eleanor Clayton and the Tate team.

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The themes: Art by the people for the people, activist art and political messages within the works and the aim of removing the notion that art is only for the elite are discussed throughout the exhibition. Questions adorn the walls, Do we need to know who makes art? Can art infiltrate everyday lifeCan art effect everyone?

While Art is unquestionably all around us, the exhibition looks at how artists engage with us and the attempt to step away from the gallery context and use more ‘everyday’ situations to reach a wider audience. For me it is evident in this exhibition that some of the best art is conceived when a passionate belief is used as the catalyst.

P78788 Guerrilla Girls - [no title] 1985-90This exhibition has so many works that deserve to be lingered over and digested,we  recommend that you-

 a) view with friends, because this exhibition invites discourse.

 b) make sure you set aside half a day to take in all the floors and enjoy the Tate as a  whole…

For me the ‘conversation’ continued long after I’d had left the building…This exhibition delves deep and invites the participant to question their views on how art is produced and perceived and then even goes on to challenge notions held by those who are well versed in art history.

At the heart of the Art Turning Left is The Office of Useful Art Tate Liverpools contribution to a long term project that explores the usefulness of art. The office has an open booking system allowing visitors, local groups and societies the chance to host talks, activities, debates and discussions. Staffing the office are students from LJMU’s School of Art and Design who will engage the visitors in discussion about the ethos of The Office.

Situated on the ground floor  and programmed in parallel with Art Turning Left is – Palle Nielsen: The Model – A model for a Qualitative Society which documents the utopian project that attempted to create a new form of social interaction by transforming the large exhibition space in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet into a free adventure playground for children in 1968.

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20.000 children took part over the course of the ‘experiment’ using the various climbing ropes, rubber foam diving pools, carnival masks, LP’s and turntables (the soundtrack is perfect…Bob Dylan The Times They Are a-Changin’…English Music for Harpsicord, The Zodiac, Cosmic Sounds)  the children simply ran amok…it remains one of the most ambitious and experimental forms of cultural expression and analysis to date… but is still a relatively unknown episode in the history of radical art.

This is a must see and sets the scene for the rest of the exhibits throughout….

It seems apt that the Art Turning Left is being hosted in Liverpool given its subject matter, as Ken Loach recently stated, ‘If there was a revolution it would start in Liverpool’

For me it seems like a new dawn for Tate Liverpool and I look forward to future exhibitions overseen by Francesco Manacorda and his team.

Art Turning Left runs from 8 November 2013 –  2 February 2014

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