Monday, 13 July 2009
I went to the Tate in Liverpool today to see the "Colour Chart" exhibition. I love the Tate, and would highly recommend a visit if you're ever near Albert Dock. Perversely though - and I've found this before - I found one of the free exhibitions more interesting than the one I paid nearly £8 to go and see! The exhibition I paid for was "Colour Chart". It was comprehensive and quite interesting, but for my taste a lot of the work was a bit ... well, minimalist. The exhibition I LOVED though, was "This is Sculpture"! The exhibition has work from dozens of artists, including Picasso, Degas, Epstein and Dali (yes, the famous lobster phone!) But my absolute favourite piece in the Tate is still Ron Mueck's "Ghost" (left). Mueck specialises in creating super-realistic sculptures of the human body, changing scale to produce often quite disconcerting images. This is the only one of his sculptures that I have seen in "real life", and it's amazing. What I love about this is the vulnerability he has captured in the girl's expression and posture. The fact that she is about six and a half feet tall somehow seems to make it all the more touching. Even when you're looking at something else in the gallery, you're aware that she's still there - she has such a haunting presence in the room. Maybe that's why it's called "Ghost"!