As part of the preparation for the GCSE exam Year 11 went to Phillip’s Auction House to see the preview for The Editions auction https://www.phillips.com/auctions/auction/UK030117
The Year 11 were generally amazed at some of the prices of the work. One of David Hockney’s iPad drawings went for around £25,000.
We then went to see the mini-retrospective of the amazing Ceramicist Ken Price who died recently at Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Saville Row. http://www.hauserwirth.com/exhibitions/2984/ken-price-a-survey-of-sculptures-and-drawings-1959-y-2006/view/
After that we took the bus to Hyde Park to see the intricate and detailed early paintings and drawings by Zaha Hadid at The Serpentine Gallery, who also died recently.http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/zaha-hadid-early-paintings-and-drawings
The final week of a really engaging exhibition which freely mixes textiles, painting, fashion, photography and pottery. Free Entry. Camden Arts Centre until Sunday 18th September 2016.
Duro Olowu is a celebrated fashion designer whose bold innovations with pattern, colour and shape reveal his early influences living between Nigeria and Europe, and his ongoing fascination with the world. His fluency with diverse aesthetics can be seen in the clothes he makes as well as the exhibitions he has curated, which combine antique textiles with his own fabric designs, bringing together discordant colours and patterns alongside disparate cultural forms.
‘Men put me down as the best woman painter…I think I’m one of the best painters.’
Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1932). Sold for £30,405,000 at Sotheby’s American Art sale on November 20, 2014. (Sotheby’s New York):
The most expensive work ever sold by a female artist!
The Year 10 went to visit one of the most famous art institutions for post-graduate study in the world. We took over the entire top deck of the N0.19 and went see the Painting and Sculpture at the Dyson building in Battersea and then made the long walk back to the Kensington Gore site where we saw vehicle design and other forms of interactive design. It was a good opportunity to see where the culmination of the study of art practice can take you if you choose to follow this pathway. Whilst a very difficult world to thrive in, the RCA is one of the best springboards as well as Goldsmiths’, The Slade and the University of the Arts also in London to start a career in the visual arts.
The pupils in most cases found the work fun and challenging and really enjoyed the more informal presentation of the work as opposed to a commercial gallery or museum.
The new extension at Tate Modern by the ingenious Herzog and DeMeuron, is worth a visit only to see what it’s like to be inside a super paired-down brick, wood and concrete Brutalist beehive/car park. The best room for me is definitely the sculpture meets architecture floor. What else is quite unusual is the way the bricks on the outside of the building have been stacked: there is no mortar evident but rubber discs to support each brick.