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Thursday, 15 March 2012

My exhibition tour reaches London

And so to London.

First we went to Tate Modern and saw Alighiero Boetti, an Italian artist who has really interesting approaches to the grid, placing letters and numbers in them - and then they are embroidered!  as well as his large maps of the world.  The embroidery was done by Afghan craft embroiderers.  His images are very 'quilty'.

At Tate Modern we also visited the exhibition of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama.  Her work is very colourful, although I cannot say it appeals to me that much.  I am a bright-colours person, but hers are too much on-your-face for my liking.  I like colours that glow - and that could be found in her two installations:  one, a room which was kitchen, dining room, sitting room - all painted very dark and covered in bright spots - and illuminated with black light, which mean that the bright spots really glowed.

But the greatest experience was the last room in the exhibition, an installation titled Infinity, where you walked into a room full of small round hanging lights, though a path surrounded with mirrors.  The lights changed colours and the effect of being inside them was magical!

Next we went to the Royal Academy to see David Hockney's exhibition of Yorkshire landscapes - large, colourful paintings, and also prints from his iPad drawings.  Magnificent!  The colours are resplendent, and the iPad images totally fascinating.

Finally we went to the Private View of London Quilters' bi-annual exhibition at the Swiss Cottage Library, Quilts in the Library.  High quality as always, and a variety of traditional and contemporary work, reflecting the composition of the group.

And afterwards, we came back home!  It was a week packed with visual treats as well as social meetings with all friends - all in all, a great pleasure.



  1. Thank you for showing us around, great trip ! And congrats on your article in Quilting Arts , just read the digital version of April!

  2. Thank you, and great to hear from you Nienke! I haven't seen the published article yet, haven't looked in the website, but I believe copies of the magazine are on their way to me.