Tate Modern

Here's a review of my trip to London in August, when I went to Tate Modern. Hope you enjoy!

Introduction:

On the 30th August 2021, I went to Tate Modern in London for a day and explored some of the free exhibitions with my family. We saw lots of pieces from many different artists which was very cool. I really liked all the pieces and how abstract some of the places were. I particularly liked ‘Monument for the Living’ by Marian Rechmaoui, ‘Gavin Coal Power Plant, Cheshire, Ohio; by Mitch Epstein, and Pat Steir’s pieces. I think that ‘Monument for the Living’ could really influence my drawings for Part B as it links to all the architecture that I have been researching for it and would give me a chance to continue looking at modern buildings, the way in which they were built as well as the intricate details such as windows.

Favourite Pieces and Artists:

I like how Pat Stier uses printing techniques such as wood printing and combines it with paint to create her abstract art pieces. She focuses a lot on water which is an aspect I really like in art, but find hard to capture so I think it is impressive how she is able to explore the theme of water in a creative way, translating aspects of images by other artists into new works, experimenting placing them side by side or rendering them in multiple styles; this allows her to create something new in the process which is something I admire, as she is able to take ideas and create them into something of her own.

For ‘Gavin Coal Power Plant, Cheshire, Ohio’ by Mitch Epstein, I was able to get a reflection of the people I was with in the piece as well as ‘Monument for the Living’ by Marian Rechmaoui which I thought looked really cool together as I really like the tone it creates.  

 I also really liked the atmosphere created from the pieces as the artwork fit in the room perfectly and was almost integrated with the room itself. For example, I really liked the bookshelf idea from Yinka Shonibare Cbe. He is a British African artist that originally came from Lagos, Nigeria. On the books, he had fabrics that he used to show culture as well colonialism and national identity. As I am ethnically from Nigeria, but was born in England, this part of the exhibition allowed me to be informed on my culture in an artistic way, which I really liked. On the books, he put in gold writing the names of immigrants to Britain, as well as people who opposed immigration. Some books he left blank which could represent the idea of immigration to Britain being an ongoing process. What I really liked about this piece, alongside all the other pieces in the displays was how every piece took a personal outlook on subject matters regarding their identity and made something creative out of it.

Overall experience:

Every room gave me a variation of art styles and ranged from paintings, models to physical objects being composed together in a creative way. It allowed me and my family to have a great experience and I learned a bit about lots of artists with their brief backgrounds of events and situations in history or in their history and how it influenced their artwork. After this experience, I want to go to some other galleries as well to learn about new artists and their processes when creating art pieces. 

Header Image Credit: Tate Modern logo (Website: Imagineer London)

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