MAY ART GUIDE
Updated: Sep 16, 2019
Venue: Tate Modern Address: Bank Side, London SE1 9TG Cost: £13 Dates: Until 2nd June
Have you seen those funky looking sculptures outside Tate Modern? These playful, abstract shapes are iconic pieces by Franz West, an artist who brought playfulness and punk aesthetics into the sophisticated spaces of art galleries. Tate Modern is hosting a major retrospective on West’s work. The exhibition includes replicas of his papier-mâché pieces, which were turning point in the relationship between art and the audience! These pieces were meant to be moved around by the audience! So, I am wondering: can we still do that now?
Venue: Across London Address: Across London Cost: Varies Dates: 8th-12th May
London Craft Week is one of my favourite design festivals in London. For the fifth time, the festival returns to the capital to celebrate the finest craftsmanship! Over 200 makers, designers and brands will be demonstrating their skills through a number of workshops, demonstrations and seminars across the city! Check out the official website to see the program. Make sure to book your spot for workshops and demonstrations in advance, they ‘sell out’ quickly, as a lot of them are free!
Venue: Barbican Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS Cost: £15 Dates: 30 May – 1 September
This is a truly unique exhibition of one of the pioneers of American Abstract Expressionism. Showcasing over 100 pieces this exhibition brings us closer to life and work of Lee Krasner. Due to very critical nature, Lee used to destroy a whole series of her work, hence only a small body of work survived till the present day. Giving us an opportunity to explore how the artist used colour in her work and how it defined Lee’s style of painting.
“(Lee Krasner) is a major, independent artist of the pioneer Abstract Expressionist generation, whose stirring work ranks high among that produced here in the last half-century.” – New York Times
Venue: The Wallace Collection Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN Cost: £12.50 Dates: Until 23rd June
Henry Moore is one of the most celebrated British artists. His large bronze sculptures are dotted around the world, forming an important part of public art. However, this exhibition presents a rare collection of Moore’s helmets and armour inspired collection. The artist used The Wallace Collection as the main source of inspiration while creating his bronze Helmet Head collection. It is not only the sculptures that are presented to the viewers– the helmet-related works comprise of drawings, maquettes and full-sized sculptures in plaster!
Venue: Japan House Address: 101-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA Cost: Free Dates: 5 April – 19 May
Colour is one of the most important aspects of Japanese culture. This exhibition explores the work of the Yoshioka Dyeing Workshop in Kyoto. The carefully curated exhibition takes visitors on a journey through a forest of colour, Each season in the exhibition is represented by a specific layered colour combination – a technique first seen in Heian-period Japan (794-1185 CE) and later in the Edo period (1603-1868 CE). Guests at Japan House will be able to learn more about the importance of the seasonal change and its representation in Japanese culture via natural dyeing materials, the tools used and the dying process, Heian culture and literature.