Museum of London Docklands – Estuary...

May 29, 2013 by

I wrote about Estuary, the latest exhibition at the Museum of London Docklands before I had even seen it all. I was so stunned by it that I couldn’t wait to share how I felt. Massive thanks to N Quentin Woolf and the Londonist for prompting me to visit early. This means I will have the chance to go again and encourage as many people as possible to visit as well. I viewed the exhibits in a bit of a strange order but would actually recommend doing it like I did. I also think it’s a show to go round on your own so you can experience it without any distractions and really get absorbed in it. The first painting is a poignant one. Michael Andrews planned a series of paintings on the Thames...

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National Portrait Gallery – Jacob Epstein...

May 26, 2013 by

With about half an hour to spare, the exhibitions on the mezzanine floor of the National Portrait Gallery are perfect. They are popular with visitors, but there is enough space to spend time to really look closely at the exhibits and read the labels. The current exhibition is by Sir Jacob Epstein and focuses on his portrait sculptures as well as showing photographs of him at work in his studio. A controversial artist, both because of his sexually explicit sculptures and his desire to move away from classical sculpture towards a more traditional rough style, Epstein’s work is on display across the world. Here we have, grouped together, some of the brass busts of actors, artists, writers and others who supported him when he was demonised by the press. He chose people with interesting...

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Fate, Hope and Charity – Foundling Museum 2...

May 1, 2013 by

Since I discovered the Foundling Museum a year ago, I have been to several of their special exhibitions: Quentin Blake – As Large as Life, The Triumph of Pleasure, Vauxhall Gardens 1729 – 1786, Received, a Blank Child: Dickens, Brownlow and the Foundling Hospital and now Fate, Hope and Charity. They are what I call bite-sized exhibitions. You can look round them in an hour or less and, because there isn’t an overwhelming amount of material, you have the opportunity to really spend time with each exhibit, carefully reading the labels and wondering about people who died long ago, giving them an importance they may never have had in their lifetime. The excellent podcasts by the Londonist with N Quentin Woolf bring the exhibitions to life with interviews with the Curator of the exhibition...

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